Brown the apparent winner in Jacksonville

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Alvin Brown is set to be certified as the winner in Jacksonville? razor-thin mayor? race on Thursday, giving the Democratic Party an unexpected victory in the conservative stronghold of Duval County, reports the News Service of Florida. Brown led Mike Hogan, a Republican, by 1,627 votes out of 192,825 cast, and the Florida Times-Union reported Wednesday evening that Hogan had called Brown to congratulate him. Brown becomes the city? first black mayor. Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland is expected to certify the results at 5 p.m. Thursday. Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith issued a statement hailing Brown? apparent election ?lvin Brown has shown himself to be the leader Jacksonville needs to move the city forward,?Smith said. ?e understands that quality public schools attract quality jobs, which is why Alvin received strong support from Democrats, Republicans and Independents.?The results were closely watched because of Brown? chance to win the seat in what is viewed as a staunchly conservative county. Gov. Rick Scott defeated his Democratic opponent, then-CFO Alex Sink, by almost 15,000 votes in Duval in 2010, providing almost a quarter of his margin of victory.

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