Lesson to political consultants everywhere: Pasco candidate wins election by one vote!

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Just in time for the 2012 election cycle, a new bedtime story for political consultants to tell their naughty clients when they refuse to walk in the Florida heat.

One vote separated incumbents Richard Gates and Heiskell Christmas when ballots were counted election night in the San Antonio City Commission race, reports Ronnie Blair.

That prompted an automatic recount, which happened Thursday afternoon.

After both a machine recount and a manual recount, the Pasco County Canvassing Board determined that the results remained exactly the same.

Gates had 127 votes. Christmas had 126. That means Gates will stay on the commission and Christmas won’t.

“The people have spoken,” said Christmas, who has served a total of nine years on the commission, though they weren’t all consecutive.

“I had a great time and I believe I made a great contribution to the city.”

The canvassing board is scheduled to officially certify the results today.

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