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Pinellas joins nation to elect Obama
County voters also support Nelson, Bilirakis, Young and Castor
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President Barack Obama addresses the crowd during a campaign rally Sept. 8 at the Seminole campus of St. Petersburg College.
Pinellas County was in tune with the rest of the nation with the majority casting their ballot for Barack Obama as the next President of the United States.

Pinellas County residents favored Obama by 52 percent in unofficial results posted on the Supervisor of Elections website Tuesday night. Statewide, Florida remained too close to call for much of the night with the lead shifting back and forth.

With 98 percent of the vote accounted for by the state Division of Elections, Obama led with 49.9 percent against Republican challenger Mitt Romney with 49.2 percent. The remainder of the votes was split between candidates running on minor party tickets.

Romney conceded the election is a speech delivered about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

U.S. Senate

Democrat Incumbent U.S. Senator Bill Nelson received the most votes in Pinellas County, bringing in nearly 59 percent against his challenger Republican Connie Mack. Results posted on the Florida Election Watch website showed Nelson with an overall lead of 55 percent of the vote. Nelson has served Florida in the senate for 21 years. Mack has served as a U.S. Representative for District 14 since 2004.

Representative in Congress

Voters in District 12 had four names on the ballot to choose from as their next representative in the U.S. Congress. District 12 includes only a small slice of northern Pinellas and Hillsborough counties and all of Pasco County.

According to unofficial results, Republican Gus Bilirakis seems to be successful in his bid to serve a fourth term. According to votep­inell­­m, Bilirakis received nearly 68 percent of the vote compared to his closet contender Democrat Jonathan Snow, who had almost 30 percent.

Two names appear on the ballot for U.S. Congress District 13 – The incumbent Republican C.W. Bill Young was out in front with nearly 58 percent of Pinellas County’s vote against his Democratic challenger Jessica Ehrlich. Young has served the people of Florida in the U.S. congress since 1970. District 13 includes most of Pinellas County.

The incumbent Democrat Kathy Castor took a commanding lead for District 14 against Republican candidate Evelio “EJ” Otero with nearly 85 percent of the vote in Pinellas and about 70 percent statewide. Castor has served the district since 2006 and was the first woman to be elected to U.S. Congress from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. District 14 includes Hillsborough County and a portion of central and south St. Petersburg.

For more information on the Nov. 6 general election, visit votep­inell­­m.
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