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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Rick Scott wins governoship in Florida

MIAMI, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Republican Rick Scott won Florida's closely fought governor's race on Wednesday after Democrat Alex Sink conceded in a bruising fight that flooded the airwaves with attack advertisements.

With more than 99 percent of precincts reporting, official results showed Scott with just over a 1 percentage point lead for the governorship in one of the United States' key electoral swing states.

"There is no path to victory for us," Sink told reporters at her campaign headquarters in Tampa.

Vote counting continued early Wednesday as preliminary official results showed Scott holding a narrow lead. He claimed victory earlier Wednesday but Sink told her supporters the race was too close to call.

Scott, a 57-year-old former hospital executive, will replace current Governor Charlie Crist, a former Republican turned independent who made an unsuccessful bid for a Senate seat up for grabs in Tuesday's mid-term elections. (Source Reuters)

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