Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Republican voters have overwhelmed voters from other parties so far.
More than half the registered voters in Pasco County cast ballots by noon Tuesday, according to unofficial statistics from election officials. Those ballots include those cast today, during early voting and from absentee voters. Early numbers on the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections website show that voter turnout topped 53.6 percent as of noon today. The total number of Pasco voters who cast their ballots as of noon was 166,371. Registered Republican voters have outnumbered voters from other parties. The elections website shows the following amount of people who cast ballots: Stay with Patch for more election information as it becomes available.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Small business has been a major theme both inside and outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum this week.
Small business has been a major theme both inside and outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum this week. With events tied to the 2012 Republican National Convention taking place in all parts of the Tampa Bay area, many local business owners prepared to have the biggest money making week of their year. At the beginning of the convention, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the 2012 Tampa Host Committee projected a $150 – 175 million boost to Tampa’s economy because of the 2012 RNC. "The way the City (of Tampa) and the Downtown Partnership put it out, we'd have 50,000 visitors and we'd be swamped," said Marc Zolkowski earlier this week. Zolkowski is the co-owner of the Metro Lounge and Restaurant in downtown Tampa. His neighboring business owner, …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Mitt Romney earns 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 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. "It’s disappointing," said Land O' Lakes resident Kevin Sakser, who backed Gingrich …
Turnout is steady at the Land O' Lakes Recreation Complex.
Voters are arriving in waves at the Land O' Lakes Recreation Complex this morning to cast their ballots in the Republican Presidential Primary. There was the 7 a.m. rush, then between 10 and 20 trickled in every half hour or so, Elections Deputy Steve Terell said. "It's still pretty steady, even with the early voting," Terell said. The Land O' Recreation Complex is "one of the biggest precincts in the area," Terell said. David Lloyd said he voted for Mitt Romney. "I've done my research," Lloyd said. Bryan Clayborne said he voted for Newt Gingrich. "He stands for what I believe," Clayborne said. Clayborne said he likes Rick Santorum, but feels Santorum doesn't have the backing. He had to choose between Gingrich and Romney—the two "machines…
Activity is evident at precincts throughout the Land O' Lakes area.
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Find out what Pasco County voters need to know before going to the polls today.
If you’re heading out to cast a vote in today’s Presidential Preference Primary, there are some things you might want to keep in mind. According to Brian Corley, Pasco County’s supervisor of elections, there are some things all voters need to know before they go to the polls. Here they are: "Reminding everyone what's required on election day ensures a smoother voting experience," said Corley in a media release. "Our goal is to provide the best service possible and a flawless, transparent election to the citizens of Pasco County." To find out more about voting in Pasco County, visit Corley’s website.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Today's rally was a last-minute push to get undecided voters into Newt Gingrich's camp.
With less than 24 hours before polls open for Florida's Republican primary some voters remained in the balance about which candidate to support. Carrollwood resident Judy Burns said deciding on which Republican candidate to cast her vote for has been harder than in previous years. "It's been really hard to figure out who to support," Burns said. But Newt Gingrich's stance on abolishing capital gains taxes brought Burns out to the Tampa International Jet Center where Gingrich held a grassroots rally on Monday afternoon. "I trade in stocks and have a couple homes here," Burns said. "So it hurts me in a lot of different ways. I always thought a flat tax would be more fair." Burns isn't alone. People like John Leach stood in line waiting to …
Officials are urging registered Republicans to get out and cast their ballots.
As the clock ticks down toward the Presidential Preference Primary in Florida, Pasco County’s supervisor of elections isn’t expecting throngs of people at the polls. “I’m predicting a 25 percent turnout for the Presidential Preference Primary, which sadly is lower than I as the Supervisor of Elections for Pasco County would like to see,” said elections supervisor Brian Corley. The low turnout prediction, however, could be good news for voters that do turn out to the polls. “Since we have seen an increase in early voting participation, and vote by mail, election day voting should be very smooth and seamless for the voters,” Corley said. Even so, Corley is disappointed by what he anticipates seeing in regard to polling numbers. “It’s been …
Sunday, January 29, 2012
The GOP presidential candidate and former House Speaker will attend a 1 p.m. grassroots rally at Tampa Jet Center.
Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich will attend a rally in Tampa on Monday afternoon, his campaign announced. Gingrich will be at Tampa Jet Center, 4751 Jim Walter Blvd., from 1-3 p.m. Monday for a grassroots rally hosted by the Hillsborough County Republican Party. Also scheduled to attend are former GOP candidate Herman Cain and Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan and a former radio host. Gingrich and two of his fellow Republican candidates, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, have been campaigning around Tampa Bay and across Florida in advance of Tuesday's Presidential Preference Primary. Romney is slated for a stop in Dunedin on Monday afternoon. Santorum canceled a visit to Sarasota on Sunday to be with his ailing 18-…
The Republican presidential hopeful is the second to visit the Lutz church during the primary campaign.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich joined an ever-growing list of political hopefuls who have paid a visit to Exciting Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz for Sunday morning worship. Following today’s service, however, Gingrich came out swinging. According to the Politico, Gingrich went on the offensive against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, saying “the Republican party will not nominate a pro-abortion, pro-gun control, pro-tax increase moderate from Massachusetts.” Idlewild is a favorite stop for politicians who want to reach a large audience of people. The mega church welcomes candidates from both sides of the aisle, but doesn’t allow them to address congregants during services, according to Senior Pastor Ken Whitten. Once …