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2012 General Election Results

Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, earned a second term Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The race became elementary once the state of Ohio was called for the president, leaving virtually no path of victory for the former Massachusetts governor. The result follows the most expensive political campaign of all time, with just under $2 billion spent on political advertising on the race.

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Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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Former Florida House Rep. Bill Galvano (R) easily defeated freshman candidate Paula House (D) 59-41 to win the State Senate District 26 seat vacated by Michael Bennett, who was prevented from running for reelection by term limits. Galvano, was not only a popular legislator, but was able to raise more than 25 times more campaign cash than his grass roots opponent. Galvano raised $550,000, while House managed to gather just over $18,000.

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Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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In a repeat of the 2012 Republican Primary, State Rep. Greg Steube easily fended off a challenge from Bob McCann, who this time ran as an independent. Steube brought all of the advantages of incumbency, including a large campaign war chest. The freshman legislator, who is the son of Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube, raised just under $124,000 to McCann's $18,000. In one of the biggest margins of state legislator races, Steube defeated McCann by 48 points.

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Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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Adam Tebruge had his work cut out for him in challenging incumbent state Rep. Jim Boyd. The Sarasota attorney had little name recognition in Manatee County where most of the district is located and was up against an enormous fundraising deficit. Boyd raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for the race, while Tebrugge raised an otherwise respectable amount of just under $50,000. Boyd won the race 56-44.

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Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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Ed Brodsky, the Chief Deputy to State Attorney Earl Moreland in the 12th District, will replace his retiring boss after beating back a challenge from first-time candidate John Torraco. Despite an unanswered controversy in which his office illegally used a state database to pull Torraco's record multiple times, Brodsky still managed to win 57-43. Brodsky's strong financial support was a factor in both the primary and general election. Having raised over $171,000 to Torraco's $45,690, Brodsky's campaign finance reports were a who's who of area political powerhouses.   

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Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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The Palmetto City Commission will add one new member and retain another, while the Bradenton City Council adds a new member to replace Marianne Barnebey, who had to give up her seat in a failed bid to replace incumbent mayor Wayne Poston.

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Published Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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Congressman Vern Buchanan (R) came out on top of a knock-down drag-out fight with former state rep. Keith Fitzgerald to win his 4th term in the United State House of Representatives. Fitzgerald held close until the latest precincts reported and Buchanan opened his 52-48 lead up to 54-46. Fitzgerald was up against a well-financed incumbent in a Republican district and managed to close the gap on recent polling that showed him down by two digit margins.

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Published Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston was on new ground in this year's race, facing two well-organized opponents in a winner take all race during a presidential election. Poston's opponents were able to manage a majority of the combined votes (61 percent), but Poston was still able to prevail with 39 percent of the vote. Former Manatee Democratic Party Chair Richard O'Brien earned 33 percent of the vote, while Councilwoman Marianne Barnebey managed 28. 

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Published Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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The third time was a charm for Dave "Watchdog" Miner, who was elected to the school board with a 26-point landslide over Lakewood Ranch High teacher Rob Moates in the non-partisan District 2 runoff that could have major implications over the next few months. Miner's election signals a philosophical shift in the majority, as the board embarks on the long process of correcting what can only be called a failed administration. 

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Published Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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Despite several controversies during his first term, Larry Bustle easily survived challenges in both the primaries and general election to retain his District 1 Manatee County Commission seat. Bustle, who raised more than any other county commission candidate and five times more than opponent Corie Holmes, cruised to victory 62-38.

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Published Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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Michael Bennett (R) won the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections post 59-41 over Charles Williams (D), despite controversial comments made about making it harder for citizens to vote, during a debate on new state laws he helped get passed, that opponents say were designed to suppress the votes of minorities and the poor. An incumbent state senator facing term limits, Bennett raised more than all other seven candidates that filed to run for the seat combined.

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Published Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) easily fended off a challenge from Congressman Connie Mack IV to earn his third term in the United States Senate. Mack relied almost exclusively on negative campaigning that attempted to tie Nelson to the policies of President Obama. The AP called the race at around 8 p.m. with Nelson 57-41 with 21 precincts reporting.

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Published Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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Vanessa Baugh (R) defeated James Golden (D) 65-35 to win the Manatee County BOCC District 5 seat. Baugh will join Betsy Benac who won an at-large seat in the Republican primary and faced only a write-in challenge in the general election, as new members on the 7-person board.

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Obituaries

Name Date
James Powers October 22, 2004
Daniel Siglin October 21, 2014
Judith Snodgrass October 22, 2014
Veleta Spann October 15, 2014
Josephine Lupoli October 18, 2014
Dimitrios Sokos October 19, 2004
Gary Richelieu October 16, 2004
Aline Funk October 17, 2014
Alice Szakacs October 16, 2014
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