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Clemens wins state Senate recount by 17 votes



If anyone believes in the power of a single vote (or 17 single votes), it's state Rep. Jeff Clemens.

Recount results released late Saturday put the Lake Worth Democrat ahead of state Senate primary opponent Rep. Mack Bernard, D-West Palm Beach, by a mere 17 ballots.

The final tally?

Clemens: 12,157, Bernard: 12,140.

"You have to give it to Mack Bernard's campaign for running a great race," said Cesar Fernandez, Clemens's campaign manager.

Clemens and Bernard are friends who went to Haiti together after the 2010 earthquake to deliver supplies and they will work together moving forward, Fernandez said.

"The next step is to reach out to Mack supporters and let them know (Clemens) is going to be representing their interests in Tallahassee," Fernandez said.

Clemens will technically face write-in candidate Travis Genard Harris in the Nov. 6 general election. But Saturday's run-off results have more-than-likely won him the District 27 seat.

In response to the recount results, Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith said in a press release, "Every vote counts and this race underscores just how important it is for Floridians to get out and cast a ballot this November.”

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[Last modified: Sunday, August 19, 2012 2:45pm]


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