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No Close Call: Obama Wins; Weeks, Meeker, Nelson, DeSantis, Thrasher, Hanns, Moore-Stens, Manfre and Hutson Win

| November 6, 2012

The sun set on two key campaigns close to the hearts of many Flagler County residents. (© FlaglerLive)

Last Updated: 11:15 p.m.

The following results reflect all Flagler County ballots counted, including early voting, absentee ballots and all precincts reporting. Raw results are at the foot of the article.

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The Presidency, Federal and State Elections

Mitt Romney has won Flagler County 53-46. In 2008, Flagler was an Obama county. But in a see-sawing statewide race, Obama is ahead of Romney 50-49, with 84 percent of precincts reporting. If Florida falls in Obama’s camp, the presidential election is over before Ohio votes are counted: Obama will win. It would be the surprise of the evening–not the Obama victory, which has been predicted by most polls in the past week, but Florida’s resilience in the Obama camp, which it carried in 2008, but was not projected to hold this year.

Regardless of Obama’s performance in Florida, his re-election appeared virtually assured, with state after state that the Romney campaign had fancied it could carry–Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa–going the president’s way, and suggestions of a long night strained by recounts and legal challenges fading away fast.

It was very likely that the president would be assured of a second term well before midnight, with accumulating electoral votes after that.

Remaining debates are academic: for our sake, it’s easy to declare it a fait accompli: Obama has been re-elected.

Incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, trounced Republican challenger Connie Mack.

Republican Ron DeSantis has defeated Democrat Heather Beaven for the newly created District 6 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. DeSantis beat Beaven 52-48 in Flagler, and won in Volusia and St. Johns by larger margins.

Florida Sen. John Thrasher held only a 53 percent lead over Democrat Kathleen Trued in Flagler, but he more than made up for it elsewhere in the district, enabling him to keep his seat.

Democrat Milissa Holland was ahead of Republican Travis Hutson by 13 points in the race for Florida House (55-42) in Flagler. That narrowed to 54-44 by the time all ballots were rtallied in her home county. She was doing far less well in Volusia and St. Johns counties, and by 10:53 p.m., Hutson had 37,628 votes to Holland’s 36,352, a Hutson advantage of 1,276 votes. Just two Volusia County precincts were left to count, making it virtually impossible for Holland to make up the difference.

Beyond Florida, Democrats will retain the U.S. Senate, Republicans will retain the House of Representatives.

U.S. President, Federal and State Races

Candidate and Race
Flagler Votes
Flagler Percent
Overall vote in FloridaOverall Percentage in Florida
President
Mitt Romney
Paul Ryan (REP)
2691353.24%376997849.32%
Barack Obama
Joe Biden (DEM)
2311145.72%380901449.83%
Gary Johnson
James P. Gray (LBT)
2480.49%400890.52%
Candidates for U.S. Senate
Connie Mack (REP)2198145.03%312749842.27%
Bill Nelson (DEM)2533651.90%408305855.19%
Bill Gaylor (NPA)9021.85%1143281.55%
Chris Borgia (NPA)5541.13%734380.99%
Representative in Congress
Ron DeSantis (REP)2431551.97%17037157.97%
Heather Beaven (Dem)2247648.03%12353542.03%
Candidates for State Senate, Dist. 6
John Thrasher (Rep)2498452.54%12917759.36%
Kathleen Trued (DEM)2257047.46%8845640.64%
Candidates for State Representative, Dist. 24
Travis Hutton (REB)2085743.53%3715749%
Milissa Holland (DEM)2573653.72%3615847.68%
MIchael Cornish (NPA)13182.75%25133.31%
Justices of the Supreme Court, should they be retained?
Yes
No
Yes
No
Justice R. Fred Lewis66.03%33.97%67.43%32.57%
Justice Barbara J. Pariente67.00%33.00%67.89%32.11%
Justice Peggy A. Quince66.79%67.79%67.64%32.36%

Flagler County Judge, Sheriff, County Commission, Supervisor of Elections

Incumbent Supervisor of Elections Kimberle Weeks has won a second term, beating Republican Trey Corbett with 59 percent of the vote. Republican Frank Meeker defeated Independent Abby Romaine for the county commission seat Holland vacated, with 55 percent of the vote. And the rematch between Democrat George Hanns and Herb Whitaker ended with another loss for Whitaker, as Hanns managed to win by 335 votes out of 46,243 cast.

In the sheriff’s race, Democrat Jim Manfre, who was sheriff from 2001 to 2004, who has twice run and lost for the position since, finally defeated two-term incumbent Don Fleming by 302 votes, a less than 1 percentage point margin.

In a run-off, Melissa Moore-Stens defeated Craig Atack for Flagler County Court Judge with 51 percent of the vote.

Flagler County's Local Races

Candidate and Race
Votes
Percent
Sheriff
Donald W. Fleming (REP)2395549.39%
Jim Manfre (DEM)2425750.02%
Supervisor of Elections
Trey Corbett1972340.66%
Kimberle B. Weeks (DEM)2878759.34%
Flagler County Commission, District 2
Frank Meeker (REP)2421354.84%
Abby Romaine1986344.99%
Flagler County Commission, District 5
Herb Whitaker (REP)2297249.69%
George E. Hanns2326250.31%
Flagler County Court Judge
Craig R. Atack2167448.89%
Melissa Moore Stens2265851.11%

Constitutional Amendments

Based on Flagler numbers, most of the proposed constitutional amendments are failing for lack of a 60 percent majority, with three exceptions: the greater homestead exemption for veterans, the greater homestead exemption for the spouses of veterans and first responders, and the greater homestead exemption for certain seniors (and that one barely, in Flagler).

The statewide numbers track closely with those in Flagler, including on Amendment 4, which would expand the homestead exemption for first-time buyers and cap the annual increase in non-homesteaded properties’ assessments at 5 percent (down from 10 percent). Flagler rejected the amendment by the same 57 percent margin as voters elsewhere in the state did.

That means the so-called “religious freedom” amendment, an attempt to loosen constitutional language and enable tax dollars to underwrite the religious education of private school students, for example (through vouchers), failed, as did an attempt to impose new restrictions on abortion.

Surprisingly, even the proposed constitutional amendment opposing Obamacare’s mandate on health insurance failed to garner so much as a majority in Flagler County (it got 49.7 percent of the Yes vote). It failed by a wider margin statewide, placing the Florida Legislature, which placed the amendment on the ballot, at wide variance with the Florida electorate on Obamacare.

Proposed 2012 Constitutional Amendments

Consitutional Amendment
Yes (Flagler)
No (Flagler)
Yes (Florida)
No (Florida)
Amendment 1
No to ObamaCare
49.73%50.27%48.33%51.67%
Amendment 2
Homestead tax discount for veterans.
66.95%33.05%62.8%37.2%
Amendment 3
Limits on State Government Revenue
45.37%54.63%42%58%
Amendment 4
Property tax limitations and greater homestead exemptions for some.
42.73%57.27%42.64%57.36%
Amendment 5
Giving the Legislature more power over the Supreme Court.
38.78%61.22%36.61%63.39%
Amendment 6
Prohibition on public funding of abortions.
44.28%55.72%44.7%55.3%
Amendment 8
"Religious Freedom."
47.25%52.75%44.14%55.86%
Amendment 9
Greater homestead exemption for spouses of veterans or first responders.
64.83%35.17%61.29%38.71%
Amendment 10
Tangible personal property exemption.
47.00%53.00%45.15%54.85%
Amendment 11
More homestead exemption for seniors.
63.11%36.89%60.79%39.21%
Amendment 12
Appointing a student body president to University board.
42.67%57.33%41.14%58.86%
Note: Amendments need 60 percent of the vote or better to pass.

Mosquito Control and Hammock Dunes Community Development

Candidate and Race
Votes
Percent
East Flagler Mosquito Control, Seat 2
Konnie L. Rea1749749.80%
Barbara A. Sgroi1763650.20%
East Flagler Mosquito Control, Seat 3
Shawn Byrnes1073830.70%
Ed Caroe753821.55%
Steve Levy773922.13%
Aynne McAvoy895725.61%
Hammock Dunes Community Development District, Seat 2
Kevin J. Kennedy55547.52%
Jack Leckie61352.48%
Hammock Dunes Community Development District, Seat 3
Sumner S. Bryant, Jr.50342.81%
Dennis V. Vohs67257.19%
Hammock Dunes Community Development District, Seat 4
Gary M. Crahan71060.43%
Elliot M. Puritz46539.57%

Flagler County Election Results

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58 Responses for “No Close Call: Obama Wins; Weeks, Meeker, Nelson, DeSantis, Thrasher, Hanns, Moore-Stens, Manfre and Hutson Win”

  1. Way To Go Weeks says:

    Weeks won her local race by more than any other local candidate (59.34%). You worked hard, and deserved every vote!! You also did another fine job yesterday. No lines at the polls, early results….you sure proved you have it all under control.

       5 likes

  2. Will Allen says:

    What a joke. Here it is 10 pm one day after the election and the nation still doesn’t know
    who gets FL’s electoral votes. Politics in the state is a collection of all the disorientated
    minds that grew from refugee intolerants generations past. Sadly, new ideas and new,
    modern 21st century advocates are drowned by the decadence of obstructionism.

       1 likes

    • Anonymous says:

      @ Will Allen,
      There is nothing wrong with counting the ballots. Just because the exit polls and demographics give an indication how someone might vote does not mean that they will vote that way. j

         0 likes

  3. Robert Lewis says:

    Reality Check: Craig Atack is a resident of Saint Augustine Beach, Florida.

    His family was so obnoxious that they thought they could keep it in the family business. His entire campaign was running on the fact that his mom and dad were both judges. Craig is a young and inexperienced individual who had no business behind the bench.

    Congratulations to Melissa Moore-Stens. That was a well deserved victory.

       9 likes

    • Miah Mahoney says:

      Mr. Lewis,

      Did anyone ever think of the fact that Mr. Atack lived and worked in St. Augustine because he could not hear cases in Flagler County while his mother was the judge here?

      Furthermore, calling his family “obnoxious” not only shows a limited amount of class, particularly considering the fact that Mr. Atack ran a very clean campaign, but shows the kind of irrelevant smears toward him that were far too common throughout a race. Was it “obnoxious” when he was knocking on thousands of doors to meet the citizens of Flagler County while trying to answer any questions they had about his qualifications for judge? Was it “obnoxious” when he repeatedly discussed how he felt about the law and how he would interpret the law rather than compare himself to his opponent? Or was it that you just feel he was “obnoxious” for chasing a job he has dreamed of since he was in grade school?

      Mrs. Moore-Stens is going to do an excellent job as Flagler County’s next county judge. I know Mr. Atack would have also. In a race that got far too personal, it’s time to stop with the name calling and move on.

         5 likes

      • Robert Lewis says:

        You can’t run for office for a county position, when you do not live in the county. Seems like malarkey to me.

           0 likes

  4. garyseven says:

    Yet another carpet-bagger sheriff who is disinterested in anything past the Palm Coast city limits.

       3 likes

  5. JasonB says:

    When are Republicans going to realize that you can’t alienate minorities, women, young people, and gay people and still expect to win elections. Hitching your wagon to old, angry white people is no longer a viable strategy.

       10 likes

  6. Geezer says:

    Your candidate didn’t offer a solution to our healthcare problem.

    All he has is a saucer full of secrets, and he was bought and paid for
    by the richest of Americans.

    Emergency Room visits, and charity from churches isn’t the way to
    care for the health of uninsured AMERICANS. The healthcare act will evolve to
    become part of what makes America great.

    And sorry, dying just isn’t a treatment.

    I know that you right-wingers love America from sea to sea.
    But I LOVE THE NATION of people that AMERICA is.
    I love the people more than the soil. AMERICA IS PEOPLE,
    not the national parks or the interstate highway system.
    ———-We should be the healthiest nation on the planet.———–

    Our country will prevail! Our people make us great!
    These same people have decided on their president.

       9 likes

  7. tulip says:

    @waytogoweeks——if it had been Pam Richardson, who lost to Corbett by only 80 votes, running against Weeks, the outcome would’ve been different. Again, it was which was the lesser of the two evils to vote for. At least Weeks has some experience.

       0 likes

    • Gobble-Gobble says:

      Pam Richardson is another realtor wanting a job. She has little experience even being an election worker. Richardson ran against Weeks in 2008 and Weeks left Richardson standing in the dust then too. Weeks won in 2012 by a larger margin than any other candidate on the ballot. If Richardson couldn’t beat Corbett in the Primary in 2012, how would ever beat Weeks in the General? Like I said, Richardson had her shot, and just ain’t got it. Richardson also is firmly holding hands with the Republican group…Weeks holds hands with no one. She is neutral and fair to all.

         4 likes

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