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UPDATE: Bernard concedes, Appeals court upholds Clemens victory in SD 27 primary

by Dara Kam | October 19th, 2012

UPDATE: State Rep. Mack Bernard has conceded the Senate District 27 race to Democratic primary winner Jeff Clemens.
“I spoke to Sen. Jeff Clemens and congratulated him on a hard-fought race and I look forward to helping make sure we re-elect the president of the U.S. and make sure we get as many Democrats elected during this election,” Bernard, D-West Palm Beach, said.

Bernard said he won’t appeal an appellate court decision upholding Clemens’s 17-vote margin in the August primary.

“It’s time for us to move forward and to move on to the November election,” he said.

Clemens

State Rep. Jeff Clemens remains the winner in a Democratic primary for Senate District 27 after a three-judge panel unanimously upheld a lower court decision today. Clemens, D-Lake Worth, won the hotly contested battle by a slim 17-vote margin, prompting state Rep. Mack Bernard to sue.

Bernard, D-West Palm Beach, had asked the 1st District Court of Appeals to overturn Leon County Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis’s ruling that agreed with the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board’s rejection of 40 absentee ballots. The signatures on the ballots did not match the voters’ signatures on file with elections officials, the board and Lewis decided.

The appellate judges rejected arguments by Bernard’s lawyer J.C. Planas that Lewis should have considered information other than the two signatures, including affidavits filed by 23 of the 40 voters. The court heard oral arguments in the case yesterday.

“The statute explicitly states that the circuit court may not review or consider any other evidence,” the judges wrote in a short opinion issued today.

Bernard, a West Palm Beach Democrat, can appeal the decision to the Florida Supreme Court.

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10 Responses to “UPDATE: Bernard concedes, Appeals court upholds Clemens victory in SD 27 primary”

  1. STEVE LICARI Says:

    go Jeff !

  2. jebamoni4 Says:

    Bernard’s absentee ballot scam sould be nibbed in the bud. INS should pay special attention to HAITIANS applying for citizenship on the knowledge of English, otherwise they will plead ignorance and illiteracy as an excuse as BERNARD claims. He was a shadow of SCOTT and a tool to raise the Insurance premiums.
    Radio stations and Haitian churches in creole request Haitians to hand over the
    absentee ballots to them. The state and county should conduct a probe in the issue, Real democracy is in jeopardy if the voter gives the power of
    voting to somebody. iF this situation continues, absentee ballots will be sold in flea markets by the Haitians.

  3. Jamba Says:

    Big deal. Clemens will be nothing more than a gnat in the Republican-controlled house. He will be nothing more than a spoiled child whining all day long. Congrats, Jeff. Now get to work.

  4. DDW Says:

    Congratulations to Mr.Clemens.
    Today is a good day.

  5. Bito Says:

    Sounds like Jamba is a whinning RETHUGLICAN SORE LOSER,shut up and have a nice day.

  6. timtopper Says:

    bernard is not a democrat. He is a dem in name only. Check his voting record; he voted along with Scott’s agenda every time. By, By, Bernard.

  7. Thank you Mack Says:

    Thank you Rep Bernard for what you did for the old district 84. It will not go unnoticed. You were always accessibly and ready to help. Many my say you voted with the REP but we in your old 84 know you voted with our best interest at heart. They love to strut out school choice. But let me see them live neighborhoods with failing schools and let us see them make a different choice than to give those families the opportunities to send their children to another place of learning. Thank you for your service and we look forward to hearing what are your next steps. You were a trailblazer and your legacy will live on in Al and Booby for now. Keep grooming and getting the next generation of leaders ready to lead. Keep us posted.

  8. Dear Mack Says:

    Dear Mack,

    Next time that shriveled up prune with his name on his hat tells you what to do, think twice. Then again, you’ll never hear from him again now that you lost as a result of his bad advice. You sold your soul that night you said he was “your boss” at that fundraiser. Yes, we remember. It’s why we worked so hard to knock you off.

    When are you guys going to realize Andre is a loser with nothing in his quiver but yellowing pictures on the wall, a 3 year old voice mail from Dean Cannon that’s about to expire, and a nasty child support lawsuit he can’t run from.

    Sincerely,

    Your Conscience

  9. Whitney Says:

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  10. online investigations Says:

    I take pleasure in, lead to I discovered exactly what I used to be looking for. You’ve ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

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