'A stunner in Jacksonville'

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The City of Jacksonville hasn’t elected a Democrat to lead the city since 1991, when Ed Austin won a close race and switched parties less than a year later, writes Abel Harding in today’s Florida Morning. After yesterday’s voting, however, that streak could quite possibly end. In a stunning come-from-behind, Democrat Alvin Brown may have pulled off what certainly has to be considered the upset of the century in Jacksonville politics. From the Florida Times-Union: “It will likely be the weekend before Jacksonville learns who its next mayor will be. The razor-thin margin had Democrat Alvin Brown leading Republican Mike Hogan by 603 votes before 10:45 p.m. Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland said 1,000 absentee votes were still out, as were 1,000 provisionals. The absentees were cast Tuesday and the provisionals are mostly from people who requested an absentee ballot, but showed up at the polls. In both cases, election staff will have to check to make sure no one voted twice. Holland said that number of votes can usually be counted in a day ?but that’s after races are decided. With a mayor’s race on the line and every vote the potential deal-breaker, Holland said it could take longer.” More here.

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