No Close Call: Obama Wins; Weeks, Meeker, Nelson, DeSantis, Thrasher, Hanns, Moore-Stens, Manfre and Hutson Win
FlaglerLive | November 6, 2012
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.
Quick links to the races:
- The Presidency, Federal and State Elections
- Flagler County Judge, Sheriff, County Commission, Supervisor of Elections
- Constitutional Amendments
- Mosquito Control and Hammock Dunes Community Development
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
|Overall vote in Florida||Overall Percentage in Florida|
Paul Ryan (REP)
Joe Biden (DEM)
James P. Gray (LBT)
|Candidates for U.S. Senate|
|Connie Mack (REP)||21981||45.03%||3127498||42.27%|
|Bill Nelson (DEM)||25336||51.90%||4083058||55.19%|
|Bill Gaylor (NPA)||902||1.85%||114328||1.55%|
|Chris Borgia (NPA)||554||1.13%||73438||0.99%|
|Representative in Congress|
|Ron DeSantis (REP)||24315||51.97%||170371||57.97%|
|Heather Beaven (Dem)||22476||48.03%||123535||42.03%|
|Candidates for State Senate, Dist. 6|
|John Thrasher (Rep)||24984||52.54%||129177||59.36%|
|Kathleen Trued (DEM)||22570||47.46%||88456||40.64%|
|Candidates for State Representative, Dist. 24|
|Travis Hutton (REB)||20857||43.53%||37157||49%|
|Milissa Holland (DEM)||25736||53.72%||36158||47.68%|
|MIchael Cornish (NPA)||1318||2.75%||2513||3.31%|
|Justices of the Supreme Court, should they be retained?|
|Justice R. Fred Lewis||66.03%||33.97%||67.43%||32.57%|
|Justice Barbara J. Pariente||67.00%||33.00%||67.89%||32.11%|
|Justice Peggy A. Quince||66.79%||67.79%||67.64%||32.36%|
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
|Donald W. Fleming (REP)||23955||49.39%|
|Jim Manfre (DEM)||24257||50.02%|
|Supervisor of Elections|
|Kimberle B. Weeks (DEM)||28787||59.34%|
|Flagler County Commission, District 2|
|Frank Meeker (REP)||24213||54.84%|
|Flagler County Commission, District 5|
|Herb Whitaker (REP)||22972||49.69%|
|George E. Hanns||23262||50.31%|
|Flagler County Court Judge|
|Craig R. Atack||21674||48.89%|
|Melissa Moore Stens||22658||51.11%|
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
No to ObamaCare
Homestead tax discount for veterans.
Limits on State Government Revenue
Property tax limitations and greater homestead exemptions for some.
Giving the Legislature more power over the Supreme Court.
Prohibition on public funding of abortions.
Greater homestead exemption for spouses of veterans or first responders.
Tangible personal property exemption.
More homestead exemption for seniors.
Appointing a student body president to University board.
Mosquito Control and Hammock Dunes Community Development
|East Flagler Mosquito Control, Seat 2|
|Konnie L. Rea||17497||49.80%|
|Barbara A. Sgroi||17636||50.20%|
|East Flagler Mosquito Control, Seat 3|
|Hammock Dunes Community Development District, Seat 2|
|Kevin J. Kennedy||555||47.52%|
|Hammock Dunes Community Development District, Seat 3|
|Sumner S. Bryant, Jr.||503||42.81%|
|Dennis V. Vohs||672||57.19%|
|Hammock Dunes Community Development District, Seat 4|
|Gary M. Crahan||710||60.43%|
|Elliot M. Puritz||465||39.57%|