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A Glance at Races: Broward County Sheriff, Local Congressional Races and the Proposed Amendments
The Broward County Sheriff's position and local congressional races were on the ballot for Nov. 6

Broward County Sheriff:

Democrat Scott Israel gave his victory speech Tuesday night, declaring himself the new Broward County Sheriff. He was the presumptive winner of the position after he challenged incumbent Republican Sheriff Al Lamberti. Israel thanked his wife, children and supporters in the speech.

"We've only fought half the battle," the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported him saying. "Now we've got to go over there, and we've got to serve."

VIDEO: Broward Sheriff's Race Pits Al Lamberti vs. Scott Israel in Rematch

Broward Sheriff Talks With Media on Election Day

Broward Sheriff Talks With Media on Election Day
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Broward Sheriff Talks With Media on Election Day

Broward Sheriff's Race Pits Al Lamberti vs. Scott Israel in Rematch

Broward Sheriff's Race Pits Al Lamberti vs. Scott Israel in Rematch
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Broward Sheriff's Race Pits Al Lamberti vs. Scott Israel in Rematch

South Florida Congressional Races:

U.S. House, District 18: The candidates are Democrat Patrick Murphy, Marily Davis Holloman (write in) and Republican Allen West. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Murphy held a slim lead of 160,328 to 157,872, a difference of 2,456, the AP reported.

U.S. House, District 20: The candidates are Democrat Alcee Hastings and unaffiliated Randall Terry. Hastings was elected to the U.S. House, The AP reported.

U.S. House, District 21: The candidates are Democrat Ted Deutch and unaffiliated candidates W. Michael Trout and Cesar Henao. Deutch was elected to the U.S. House, the AP reported.

U.S. House, District 22: The candidates are Democrat Lois Frankel and Republican Adam Hasner. Frankel was elected to the U.S. House, the AP reported.

U.S. House, District 23: The candidates are Republican Karen Harrington, Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz and unaffiliated Ilya Katz. Wasserman Schultz was elected to the U.S. House, the AP reported.

U.S. House, District 25: The candidates are Republican Mario Diaz-Balart and unaffiliated candidates VoteForEddie.Com and Stanley Blumenthal. Diaz-Balart was elected to the U.S. House, the AP reported.

U.S. House, District 26: The candidates are Republican David Rivera, Democrat Joe Garcia and the unaffiliated candidates Jose Peixoto and Angel Fernandez. Rivera was elected to the U.S. House, the AP reported.

U.S. House, District 27: The candidates are Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Democrat Manny Yevancy and unaffiliated candidate Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins. Ros-Lehtinen was elected to the U.S. House, the AP reported.
 

Proposed State Constitutional Amendments:


Click here for a roundup of the proposed state constitutional amendments on the ballot.


Amendment 1: Florida voters have rejected a proposal that would have banned government mandates for obtaining insurance such as required by President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the AP reported.


Amendment 2: Voters approved this proposal, which will expand a property tax break to all disabled veterans, not just those who lived in Florida when they enlisted, the AP reported.


Amendment 3: A proposed Florida constitutional amendment that would have capped state revenue has gone down to defeat, the AP reported.


Amendment 4: A wide-ranging property tax relief proposal has been rejected by Florida voters, the AP reported.


Amendment 5: A proposal to give the legislature more control over Florida's court system has been defeated at the polls, the AP reported.


Amendment 6: A proposed Florida constitutional amendment that would have curtailed abortion rights has been defeated, the AP reported.


Amendment 8: Voters have refused to repeal Florida's ban on public funding for churches and other religious organizations, including parochial schools, the AP reported.


Amendment 9: Voters approved this measure, which will let the Legislature give property tax exemptions to spouses of service members and civilian first-responders who die in the line of duty, the AP reported.


Amendment 10: Florida voters have rejected an additional tax break for businesses on their furniture, equipment and other tangible personal property, the AP reported.


Amendment 11: Voters approved a proposal to let cities and counties increase a property tax exemption for low-income seniors, the AP reported.


Amendment 12: Voters have rejected a proposed state constitutional amendment that would have slightly changed the way the student member is selected for the board overseeing Florida's 12 public universities, the AP reported.