Tampa Residents Go to the Polls to Elect Mayor

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A former Tampa city councilor is leading the race for mayor, with two other politicians fighting for a runoff spot.

Tampa voters went to the polls Tuesday to elect a mayor and 7 city council members. With 111 out of 121 precincts reporting, Rose Ferlita had 26 percent of the vote. Bob Buckhorn, also a former city leader, was in second with 24 percent. Dick Greco, a former, two-time mayor, had 22 percent.

Candidates Ed Turanchik received 19 percent of the vote and Thomas Scott won 8 percent.

If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers will meet in a March 22 runoff.

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio was unable to run for re-election because of term limits.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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