Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

U.S. CONGRESS; 4 North Florida Incumbents Win Re-Election to Congress

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

U.S. CONGRESS; 4 North Florida Incumbents Win Re-Election to Congress

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Byline: Rich Tucker, Times-Union staff writer

Corrine Brown, Ander Crenshaw, John Mica and Cliff Stearns all will be returning for another term in Congress.

Brown, a Democrat, won a repeat victory over Republican Jennifer Carroll. Republican Stearns soundly defeated Democratic challenger David Bruderly, while Republican Mica topped heavy-spending Democrat Wayne Hogan. Crenshaw, also a Republican, overwhelmingly defeated a write-in candidate.

"I appreciate the confidence people have in me," Brown said from her Jacksonville campaign headquarters last night. "It's been a great 10 years, and we have a lot of challenges ahead, but it feels good tonight."

Calls to Carroll and her campaign staff were not returned.

Carroll's fund-raising support stalled this election after raising more than $1.1 million for her 2000 run against Brown. On Oct. 24, the 43-year-old former state head of veterans affairs had raised just over $100,000 to Brown's more than $350,000.

Meanwhile, Brown, 55, mounted the same intense ground campaign for which she has become famous, crisscrossing the district with the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Monday and providing drivers and vans to transport people to the polls. She hammered away at her accomplishments during her 10 years in Congress while promising to continue working toward election reform and beefed-up port security.

In District 7's big-money battle, Mica beat Hogan, one of the top Democratic soft-money donors in the country and part of Florida's legal "dream team" that won a $17 billion settlement from the tobacco industry.

"It was quite phenomenal. In Florida political history, I don't think any candidate has expended any larger amount of money personally," Mica said. "Hopefully people judge candidates on their record of service. I hope and believe that's the basis of this re-election."

Hogan, 55, spent more than $3 million of his own money on his campaign, according to finance reports. He said last night the campaign had been worth the personal expense.

"I'm glad to have had the opportunity to address issues of real concern to people of this district and of this country," Hogan said. …

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