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July 29, 2014
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Davis Over Smith in a Close Democratic Race
(2006-09-06)
Tampa Congressman Jim Davis and now Democratic candidate for governor delivers his victory speech on primary night.
(WUSF) - CROWD CHANT: We want Jim

I'm Bobbie O'Brien at the West Shore Hilton Hotel where hundreds of impatient supporters waited until almost midnight before getting their first glimpse of the Democratic candidate for governor.

Flanked by dozens of party leaders and elected officials - Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio introduced the primary victor.

IORIO: He's taken some hits in this race. But, there's one thing about this man, the harder the road get, the better he gets. Cheers.

It was a hard fought primary but, Congressman Jim Davis asked the audience to applaud his opponent State Senator Rod Smith.

Davis then quickly began framing the Democratic argument to win back the governor's mansion.

DAVIS: We have nine weeks to make the case. We can have smaller class size and well-paid, quality teachers. Applause. We can and we will end the use of the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) as a political weapon against our schools, our teachers and our children. Cheers.

Davis won the Democratic nomination with just under 47 percent of the vote to Smith's 41 percent.
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