Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez wins re-election

Aug 15, 2012, 3:40 AM

MIAMI (AP) – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has been elected to his first full term.

Gimenez beat out County Commission Chairman Joe Martinez and five others in Tuesday’s election.

With all precincts reporting, Gimenez finished with more than 54 percent of the vote, followed by Martinez with nearly 31 percent. The other five people running split about 15 percent of the votes.

By earning more than 50 percent, Gimenez avoids a runoff election in November.

Gimenez first took office last summer, after former Mayor Carlos Alvarez was ousted in a recall. For the past year, Gimenez has been serving out the remainder of Alvarez’s term.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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