Holland: No way for Mike Hogan to catch Alvin Brown
With 50 votes to go, Democrat leading by 1,700 votes
Posted: May 18, 2011 - 2:10pm
By The Times-Union
Unless something that has never happened before happens, Alvin Brown is Jacksonville's next mayor.
Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland just said that Brown leads Republican Mike Hogan by 1,700 votes with fewer than 50 to be counted, making it "outside the realm" of a recount. That would mean Brown is the first Democrat to be elected mayor in the city in a generation and the first African-American mayor, ever.
Holland said by state statute he can't officially certify the results until 5 p.m. Thursday. That's when the 12 voters who cast disputed provisional ballots need to have shown their identification to the elections office, Holland said.
At 2:40 p.m., after the first group of provisional ballots were counted, Brown's 603-vote lead over Hogan had dropped slightly, to 585.
Hogan won 60 percent of the precincts, with an average margin of 62 percent to 38 percent. However, Brown's margin of victory in the precincts he won was 76 percent to 24 percent. More than 190,000 votes were cast.
Brown spoke to the public and media at about 4 p.m. at the Lakewood Winn-Dixie, and earlier in the day the Hogan campaign sent this email out:
"Judy and I are so grateful to all of you for your love and support as we await the final results from the Supervisor of Elections. We want every legal vote to count and trust that the process and officials in place will ensure that democracy is served."
I've been bringing to you many reports on the happenings in Florida. They have a literal crook for a Governor, and at every turn, he's doing something shady. The Florida GOP legally just put themselves up for sale, and they have voted on a bill whose main goal is Voter Suppression. It's on the Governor's desk, and he hasn't signed it yet- because the Florida Democratic Party, including it's Democratic Senator, has told the Governor that if he signs it, the Justice Department will be brought into it. Florida is one of the states under the jurisdiction of the Voting Rights Act, and if the Feds are brought into it, it could open up a can of worms that the GOP doesn't want. But, make no mistake, those latest voting laws are done to VOTER SUPPRESS the Democratic Party turnout in 2012.
THIS election is going to put the GOP in overdrive about voter suppression.
Jacksonville is a RED town.
RED RED RED
NO way that it could be mistaken for some liberal bastion in Florida...
and a Black Democrat just won the Mayor's seat.
Don't think that this isn't being noticed by the national GOP.
Alvin Brown and Family