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Mike Hogan and Alvin Brown Speak as Jacksonville Mayoral Vote Approaches Tie

10:13 AM, May 18, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With about 600 votes separating the two candidates, both thanked their supporters Tuesday night but shied away from declaring victory or defeat.

This morning, Mike Hogan released the following statement as a recount got underway to determine the winner of the close mayoral race between Hogan and Alvin Brown:

"Judy and I are so grateful to our supporters as we await the final results from the Supervisor of Elections.  We want every legal vote to count and trust that the statutory process and officials in place will ensure that democracy is served."

That echoes what Brown told his supporters late Tuesday at the Hyatt in downtown Jacksonville.

"We will know a lot more within 24 hours; we want to make sure that every vote is counted," Brown said to the crowd.  "We should be patient but be excited."

Hogan also spoke Tuesday night to his supporters at his Westside campaign office.

"We'll know a lot more tomorrow," he said.  "This has been an incredible experience and journey.

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland said an automatic machine recount is triggered if the difference between candidates is less than one-half of 1 percent, and a hand recount occurs if the difference is less than one quarter of 1 percent.

There are also about 1,000 absentee ballots and nearly 700 provisional ballots that have not yet been counted, Holland said.  That process got underway at 9 a.m.

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