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Two Democrat rivalries headed to recounts



Miami Rep. Barbara Watson and Democratic rival state Rep. John Patrick Julien appeared headed for a recount late Tuesday as Watson led by only 26 votes when county officials stopped counting. Watson had 5,281 votes out of 10,536 votes cast to Julien's 5,255 votes. That's only .24 percent, within the half a percentage point threshold required to conduct an automatic recount.

It's an ironic development for the two incumbent, first-term lawmakers and friends, who were drawn into the same district by the Republican-led House and forced to battle it out in their own backyards.

Another recount is expected in another race between two Democrats, and two sitting legislators. Rep. Jeff Clemens of Lake Worth and Rep. Mack Bernard of West Palm Beach, who are competing for the open Senate district in Palm Beach County. Clemens leads in that tally by 304 votes or .3 percent.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 12:35am]


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