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Election Day photos: Hillsborough County

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Volunteer Matt Murchison (center) and his girlfriend Dawn Elliot (behind him) , both of Ybor City, cheer while Barack Obama gives his victory speech on television at  the Florida Campaign for Change election night party at the Tampa Waterside Marriott. [Martha Rial, Times]

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Obama supporters from left, Rene Brown, 48, Tonya M. Lewis, 38, and Michelle Patty scream at cars on 7th Ave.during their supporter party at the Lucky Cafe in Ybor City after it was announced Obama won the election. [Cherie Diez, Times]

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Rico Balcom, 21, hugs Tonya Lewis, right, as Rene Brown screams at cars on 7th Ave. during their supporter party at the Lucky Cafe in Ybor City after it was announced Obama won the election. [Cherie Diez, Times]

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Campaign staffer Stephanie Owens, of St. Petersburg, weeps when Barack Obama earns enough electoral votes to become President at the Florida Campaign for Change election night event at the Tampa Waterside Marriott in Tampa. [Martha Rial, Times]

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County Commissioner Kevin White reviews a ticker tape from a voting machine at the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office at 2514 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. [Daniel Wallace, Times]

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A voting machine displaying an upload failed message waits to be downloaded at the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office at 2514 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa. [Daniel Wallace, Times]

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Rene Brown of Tampa watches President-elect Barack Obama's victory speech on TV at The Lucky Cafe on 7th Ave. in Ybor City. Brown has owned a small seafood restaurant, Ladies of the Sea, on 2630 E. Lake Ave. for the past 12 years. The economy has hurt business so much, she said, that she has often thought long and hard about closing her doors. But she kept hearing Obama saying, "Change is gonna come" so she stayed open. "And now it's here," she said, as she listened to him with tears streaming down her face. She's moving her restaurant to a better location at 2705 MLK Blvd. on Dec. 1. [Cheire Diez, Times]

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Volunteer Chinyere Muforo of Tampa, thanks God in a prayer after Barack Obama earns enough electoral votes to become President at the Florida Campaign for Change election night party at the Tampa Waterside Marriott. [Martha Rial, Times]

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Republican Brian Blair talks on the phone at Iavarone Steak House and Italian Grill in Tampa, as vote counts show him falling behind in his race with Democratic challenger Kevin Beckner for District 6 at-large Hillsborough County Commissioner. (Kathleen Flynn, Times)

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Volunteer Bobby Jackson (top) comforts another volunteer, Eric Jones of Texas, when Jones is overcome with emotion after Barack Obama is projected to earn enough electoral votes to become President at the Florida Campaign for Change election night party at the Tampa Waterside Marriott in Tampa. [Martha Rial, Times]

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Democrat Kevin Beckner hugs Campaign Chairman for the Hillsborough Democratic Party Deborah Cope at Gaspar's Grotto in Ybor City. He was ahead in his race against Republican incumbent Brian Blair in the District 6 Hillsborough County Commission race, but all votes had not been counted. [Cherie diez, Times]

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Karen Thurman, (right) chairwoman of Florida's Democratic Party, watches returns at the Campaign for Change election night event at the Tampa Waterside Marriott in Tampa. [Martha Rial, Times]

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Florida's Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink cheers when barack Obama is projected to earn enough electoral votes to become President at Obama's Florida Campaign for Change Election Night event at the Tampa Waterside Marriott in Tampa. [Martha Rial, Times]

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Democrat Kevin Beckner takes a supporter's call at Gaspar's Grotto in Ybor City while watching election results. Next to him is campaign chairman for the Hillsborough Democratic Party, Deborah Cope . Beckner was ahead 51 to 49 with 126 precincts reporting. Results were stuck at this point for about an hour. [Cherie Diez, Times]

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Robert Pickett with Premier Election Systems makes a phone call after talking with another man from Premier, to his right. Elections returns were slowly coming in. Officials said everything was working normally and a high voter turnout was bogging down the system. [Daniel Wallace, Times]

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An official with Premier Election Systems makes a phone call as returns trickle in at the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office at 2514 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa.  [Daniel Wallace, Times]

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A worker at the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office works on a computer as results trickle in. Officials said everything was normal and the high volume of votes was slowing down the system. The computer in this photo is connected to a machine tallying early votes. The screen says, on several lines: "Upload Failed - Lost DSR." [Daniel Wallace, Times]

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Robert Pickett with Premier Election Systems and another official with Premier make phone calls as returns trickle into the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office at 2514 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa. [Daniel Wallace, Times]

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Campaign Chairman for the Hillsborough Democratic Party Deborah Cope and Kevin Beckner's campaign manager Mitch Kates wait for new results at Gaspar's Grotto in Ybor City. Beckner, not shown, is running against Republican incumbent Brian Blair in the District 6 Hillsborough County Commission race. He was ahead 51 to 49 with 126 precincts reporting. Results were stuck at this point for about an hour. [Cherie Diez, Times]

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Democrat Kevin Beckner takes a call from a supporter as he watches election results with Campaign Chairman for the Hillsborough Democratic Party Deborah Cope and campaign manager Mitch Kates (not showing in photo) at Gaspar's Grotto in Ybor City. He was ahead 51 to 49 with 126 precincts reporting. Results were stuck at this point for about an hour. [Cherie Diez, Times]

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Representative Kathy Castor with her daughter Julia Lewis at the Senator Barack Obama Florida Campaign for Change Election Night event at the Tampa Waterside Marriott in Tampa. [Martha Rial, Times]

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Phyllis Busansky, right, watches for results on the computer for the Supervisor of Elections' race she is in against Buddy Johnson. With her are volunteer Jan Milner, left, and friend Luanne Panacek, center.  [Melissa Lyttle, Times]

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Volunteer Eric Jones, (left) of Texas, celebrates Sen. Barack Obama's lead in electoral votes at Florida Campaign for Change's Election Night event at the Tampa Waterside Marriott in Tampa. Jones, a Katrina survivor, has been volunteering in Florida for Obama for the past two weeks. He said, "Now hope is real." [Martha Rial, Times]

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Volunteer Manuel Baez, of Westchase, cheers when Sen. Barack Obama takes the lead in Florida at the Florida Campaign for Change statewide Election Night event at the Tampa Waterside Marriott in Tampa.  [Martha Rial, Times]

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Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson takes questions about voting problems at the USF Marshall Center Tuesday, November 4, 2008. [John Pendygraft, Times]

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Kevin Beckner, center, talks to supporters while dropping by Phyllis Busansky's campaign party Tuesday night. Beckner is in a heated race against Brian Blair for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 seat. [Melissa Lyttle, Times]

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Campaign coordinator Craig Latimer, volunteer Haley Roose, Phyllis Busansky, Sheldon Busansky (Phyllis' husband) and friend Steve Freedman check for results of the Supervisor of Elections' race that pits Busansky against incumbent Buddy Johnson. Her campaign party is at Spain restaurant, in downtown Tampa. [Melissa Lyttle, Times]

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Raychel Gantt, 18 wraps up in her sweatshirt as she waits in a long voting line at the USF Marshall Center Tuesday, November 4, 2008. "We're going to make a big difference, especially in this election. This is really important," says Gantt.
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5:33 pm: RebeccaLynn Plemons, 23, does homework in the voting line at the USF Marshall Center Tuesday, November 4, 2008.  [John Pendygraft, Times]

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10:00 am: A leftover halloween mask sits on a table set up by Bulls for Obama outside the USF Marshall Center Tuesday, November 4, 2008. [John Pendygraft, Times]

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9:56 am: USF students wait in the voting line at the USF Marshall Center Tuesday, November 4, 2008. Pictured center is Alicia Brooks, 22. [John Pendygraft, Times]

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Tampa City Council member Linda Saul-Sena talks politics with Wilbert Wilds, 64, in line at West Tampa Convention Center early today. (John Pendygraft, Times)

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:39am]

    

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