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Gulfport Chamber plans meet-the-candidates event

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The Greater Gulfport Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a Meet the Candidates event from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S. in Gulfport. The event is free and open to the public. Charlie Justice, Wengay Newton, Jennifer Webb, Matt Stewart, and Joanne Lentino have already agreed to appear, Chamber officials said. Democrat Justice is seeking re-election to the District 3 seat on the Pinellas County Commission. Justice is being challenged by retired businessman Mike…

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AIF analysis shows Democrats are catching up in vote-by-mail requests — but will they vote?

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A detailed analysis of requests for mail-in ballots in Florida for the Nov. 8 general election shows Democrats are getting more proficient at getting their voters to request such ballots, but still trail Republicans, especially among “super voters.” The analysis, done by Associated Industries of Florida, finds that so far this election, 2.66 million mail ballots [formerly known as absentee] have been requested, with 1.12 million requested by registered Republicans, 1.02 million by registered Democrats, and the rest by independent…

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Early votes: High interest buoys Hillary Clinton in key states

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More people are seeking or casting early ballots in the critical states of North Carolina and Florida than at this point in 2012, with Hillary Clinton the likely beneficiary, as early voting shows signs of surging nationwide. Clinton may also benefit from an increase in ballot requests in Georgia, a traditionally Republican state where Democrats have made inroads. But Donald Trump is showing signs of strength in Iowa and parts of Maine, states won by Barack Obama in the last…

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Civic leaders seek polling place for early voting in south St. Pete

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman joined community activists Friday in urging Pinellas County elections supervisor Deborah Clark to open a polling place for early voting in south St. Petersburg. Kriseman and the others, the Revs. Manuel Sykes of Bethel Community Baptist Church and Louis Murphy of Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, said access to early voting is crucial to giving people a voice in choosing the elected officials who represent them. With many people working jobs and taking care…

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Early ballots: Hillary Clinton sees strength in NC but lags in Iowa

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Seven weeks before Election Day, the earliest numbers from advance voting for president show initial strength for Hillary Clinton in swing state North Carolina, good news for Donald Trump in battleground Iowa and a record number of requests for ballots in Ohio. The first early voting figures Tuesday are too preliminary to serve as clear indicators about how the election will go. Still, they are of interest because, unlike polls, they deal with actual voters either casting ballots or taking…

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Nearly 2 million Floridians have already voted in primary

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Nearly two million Floridians have already cast their ballots in this year’s primary election. The Florida Division of Elections on Monday posted new totals that showed that nearly 536,000 voters cast their ballots during the early voting period that wrapped up this weekend. Another 1.15 million voters have voted by mail bringing the total ballots cast at more than 1.69 million overall. An additional 1.18 million ballots were requested but haven’t been returned yet to election officials. The primary election…

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Pinellas voter turnout already at 15 percent

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With a week to go before the primary, about 15 percent of Pinellas County’s 625,961 voters have already cast ballots. The total 93,645 ballots include 92,818 mail-in ballots received since July 19 and 827 votes cast since early polling began Saturday. The figures, accurate as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, are from the Pinellas County Elections Office. Thus far, the number of Republicans voting outstrips the number of Democrats: 40,562 to 37,923. Libertarians have cast 185 ballots and those who have…

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