Hackworth holds his head high in loss to Bill Young

11/05/08 Mitch E. Perry
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There were no suprises in any of the Tampa Bay congressional races.

GOP incumbents Ginny Brown-Waite, Gus Bilirakis, Adam Putnam, Bill Young and Vern Buchanan all won re-election, as did Tampa area Democrat Kathy Castor.

Two years ago, Buchanan defeated Democrat Christine Jennings in a disputed race by just 369 votes, in an election that had more than 18,000 undervotes. That was not the case last night. Buchanan crushed Jennings by a 55 to 38 percent margin.

In District 10 in Pinellas County, Bill Young was elected to serve what could be his 39th and 40th years representing the district in Washington. He beat Dunedin Mayor Bob Hackworth, 60 percent to 39 percent.

WMNF’s Jamie Kidder spoke with Hackworth last night. Hackworth said he thinks the district is ready to go Democratic, but it’s hard to beat the name recognition of somebody who’s been in power bringing home the bacon for four decades.

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