Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Republicans from across Pinellas County weigh in on the challenges facing the party in the November general election.
On Tuesday, voters in Florida chose Mitt Romney as the man they want to face President Barack Obama in November. Romney received 46 percent of the vote compared with Newt Gingrich's 31 percent. Former Sen. Rick Santorum earned 13 percent of the vote, and Rep. Ron Paul earned 7 percent, according to state election returns. Though the primary in Florida is finished, some party members say a Republican president is anything but guaranteed. Pinellas Republicans expressed their doubts and concerns with the party, as well as ways they believe it can triumph. Watch our video to hear what they said.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Mitt Romney earned a convincing victory over Newt Gingrich and other Republican nominees in Florida's Presidential Preference Primary.
Mitt Romney won the Florida Presidential Preference Primary on Tuesday, earning the state's 50 delegates and distancing himself from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as the Republican front-runner for 2012. The Associated Press projected Romney's commanding victory shortly after 8 p.m., when the final polls closed in Florida's Panhandle. The former Massachusetts governor had taken 46 percent of the vote to 31 percent for Gingrich after returns from 99 percent of the polls were in. Rick Santorum had 13 percent, and Ron Paul 7 percent. "Florida, you're the best," a victorious Romney told a crowd gathered at his primary night celebration at the downtown Tampa Convention Center. In Pinellas County, Romney took 49 percent of the vote, more …
Mitt Romney and his supporters are gathering tonight at the Tampa Convention Center.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
A call to Florida voters today calls Romney's record of supporting the Jewish and senior communities into question.
While some voters hit the polls first thing, others said they would vote later on Election Day.
Joan Nickchen is planning to vote; she just needed to get her weekly walk in at Westfield Countryside Mall first. While Republican voters select their choice for a presidential candidate, Clearwater voters also will choose their next mayor and make changes to the city charter. George Cretekos and Christine Marketos-Cuomo are vying for the city's top seat. Voters also will decide charter amendments including adding time that councilmembers can serve on the city council and extending the time between making changes to the charter. Nickchen, 72, said she was going to support Cretekos in the mayoral election because of his experience and Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential preference primary for his business background. "I hope to God …
The Supervisor of Elections reports that voting is steady across Pinellas County. Mail-in ballots seem to be the driving force for the number of ballots cast.
LARGO – Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark told reporters Tuesday morning that voter turnout across Pinellas County was 26 percent by 10 a.m., but that the number includes mail-in ballots. "Voters love the convenience of the mail-in ballots," she said at a morning news conference in Largo. Clark indicated that mail-in ballots are driving the numbers. Historically, Clark said, voter turnout in presidential primaries in Pinellas County averages 25 percent. Although the rate is on track for the county, it is still early for voting. Polls close at 7 p.m. At 10 a.m., she described the vote as a "steady stream." She said that she's "always excited" when voter turnout exceeds what is expected "based on historical information."
Who are voters choosing? Watch our video to hear their answers.
Registered Republicans are heading to the polls today to decide who should be nominated to run against President Barack Obama in the November election. We caught up with voters in Clearwater to see who they think should win today's primary.
Pinellas County is a "prime example of moderate Republicanism," according to Tampa Bay Times political writer Adam C. Smith.
Pinellas is one of five key Florida counties to watch in today's Presidential Preference Primary, according to Tampa Bay Times political writer Adam C. Smith. According to Smith, the Tampa Bay region makes up about 26 percent of the primary electorate, more than any other media market in the state. Smith singles out Pinellas as "a prime example of moderate Republicanism" where John McCain in 2008 easily beat Mitt Romney by 9,000 votes, or nearly 8 percentage points. That could explain Romney's campaign stop in Dunedin one day before Pinellas Republicans go to the polls. "This year, Pinellas should be Romney country," Smith writes. Pinellas voters also have "a maverick streak," Smith writes, with Ron Paul in 2008 and Ralph Nader in 2000 …
Voters hit the polls early Tuesday to vote in the Republican Presidential Preference Primary and Clearwater mayoral elections.
Democracy was in action early in Clearwater on Tuesday morning. Voters were hitting the polls on their way to work. A handful of voters already had cast ballots at precinct 528 and 569 before 7:30 a.m. While Republican voters select their choice for a presidential candidate, Clearwater voters also will choose their next mayor and make changes to the city charter. George Cretekos and Christine Marketos-Cuomo are vying for the city's top seat. Voters also will decide charter amendments including adding time that councilmembers can serve on the city council and extending the time between making changes to the charter. It's an exercise Bob Reese has practiced for 70 years. Voting is important to the 89-year-old, who first cast a ballot when …
Here is your Republican primary and Clearwater elections checklist before heading out to vote. Polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Election Day Checklist Florida is a closed primary state, which means only registered Republicans can vote today. All Clearwater voters also will choose their next mayor and make changes to the city charter including adding time that councilmembers can serve on the city council and extending the time between making changes to the charter. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. What to bring: Valid Identification: Ex: Florida Driver's License, Florida ID Card, United States Passport, ect. For a complete list of forms of acceptable identification view this section of the Pinellas County Supervision of Elections office website. What to expect: The Pinellas County Supervision of Elections office has put together a step by step video for …