Mike Bennett wins race for Manatee elections supervisor

jsalman@bradenton.comNovember 6, 2012 

Longtime state lawmaker Mike Bennett on Tuesday won the race to be Manatee County's next elections supervisor.

With all 113 precincts reporting, Bennett, a Republican, won with 57.1 percent of the vote.

Democrat Charles Williams Jr. a first-time candidate, had 41.6 percent of the vote.

Write-in candidate Rodney "Smokey" Smithley had 1.4 percent.

Bennett, a Republican from Bradenton, has an overwhelming cash advantage, and more robust resume from his 12 years in the Florida Legislature.

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