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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- First-term Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas conceded two hours after the polls closed in Tuesday's general elections with the huge Republican-voter wave of discontent in Washington that glided Sandy Adams of Orange County to an easy victory.

With all 241 voting precincts reporting in the 24th congressional district that comprises parts of Volusia, Orange, Seminole and Brevard counties, Adams, a former sheriff's deputy and state legislator, received nearly 60 percent of the votes, 145,801 to 98,491.

Despite the crushing defeat, Kosmas was upbeat at an otherwise somber Democratic headquarters on Canal Street where she thanked supporters, and with class, issued a statement praising Adams for the big win.

"First I would like to thank all my supporters and all who have worked so hard in this election. I truly appreciate all that you have done to support our fight for the priorities of Central Florida.

"Earlier this evening, I called Sandy Adams to congratulate her on a hard fought victory. America is the greatest country in the world because we have the greatest democracy in the world, and I have the utmost respect for our political process.

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Joie Alexander 17,465 votes 56.04%

George Trovato 13,701 votes 43.96%

Total votes cast: 31,166

PORT ORANGE -- Joie Alexander was ecstatic with her convincing victory over former Deltona attorney George Trovato for the district 3 seat on the Volusia County in Tuesday's general elections.

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Sharon Luebbers 14,921 votes 49.33%

Stan Schmidt 15,327 votes 50.67%

Totals: 30,248 votes cast

PORT ORANGE -- Volusia County School Board dist. 3 incumbent Stan Schmidt won re-election to a second term in Tuesday's general elections by a narrow margin, crediting New Smyrna Beach upstart Sharon Luebbers with running a strong campaign.

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Video by Multimedia Editor Sera Frederick. NSBNEWS.net wholeheartedly endorses New Smyrna Beach's own Suzanne Kosmas for re-election for Congress, D-24, in Tuesday's general elections.

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NSBNews.net is not overwhelmingly thrilled with Democrat Alex Sink or Republican Rick Scott for the state's highest elective office, but after intense debate within our media organization,  NSBNews.net endorses Rick Scott for governor.

Edtor's Note: This endorsement for Rick Scott was published on Nov. 2, 2010. NSBNews.net was changed to HeadlineSurfer.com in 2012 with the acquisition of the Headline Surfer® registered trademark.

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NSBNEWS.net's publishers are split on the endorsement for the U.S. Senate. Henry Frederick likes Charlie Crist. Peter Mallory likes Marco Rubio. You decide today.  We chose videos from YouTube we felt best described each candidate's platform.

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NSBNEWS.net endorses Republican Jeff Atwater for state chief financial Officer over Democrat Loranne Ausleyo in Tuesday's general elections.

The state's chief financial officer post is bureaucratic, but nonetheless political and important as the elected office holder is responsible for the proper accounting of public monies.

Elected as president of the Florida Senate in 2008, Republican Jeff Atwater of North Palm Beach is a banker. His Democratic opponent, a former state representative from Tallahassee, is not. That answers that question.

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NSBNEWS.net endorses Republican Adam Putnam for agriculture commissioner, shown here in the larger photo, over Democrat Scott Maxwell.

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NSBNEWS.net endorses Republican Pam Bondi for Florida Attorney General over Democrat Dan Gelber in Tuesday's general elections.

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Video by Multimedia Editor Sera Frederick. NSBNEWS.net endorses the candidacy of Joie Alexander for Volusia County Council district 3 in Tuesday's elections.

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