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Gina Driscoll takes 2nd place in St. Pete race

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Gina Driscoll has officially been declared the second place finisher in Tuesday’s primary election for the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 seat.

She finished two votes ahead of third place finisher Robert Blackmon, and will advance to the Nov. 7 election against Justin Bean.

That announcement came after the Pinellas County Canvassing Board met for several hours in Largo on Friday to determine who finished in second in the race.

In Tuesday’s primary, Driscoll had received 1,215 votes, while Blackmon was just four votes shy, at 1,211—a difference of 0.06 percent.

After reviewing 14 provisional ballots on Friday, a mechanical recount and a manual recount was undertaken. Blackmon gained two votes, but ultimately fell 1,216 votes to 1,214 votes.

Although the race is nonpartisan, Bean is a Republican and Driscoll is a Democrat. Whether that becomes an issue in the upcoming campaign remains to be seen.

(Photo credit: Kim DeFalco)

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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