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Dist. 27 election results / Headline SurferState Rep. candidate Phil Giorno / Headline SurferState Rep. candidate Dennis Mulder / Headline SurferDemocrat Phil Giorno, shown at far left, wasn't on the ballot in replacing Dennis Mulder who withdrew midway through the campaign for dist. 27 state representative. Regardless, Republican David Santiago, shown below, easily won the election.

State Rep. Davd Santiago of dist. 27 / Headline SurferDELTONA -- Phil Giorno had enough headaches as chairman of the Volusia County Democratic Executive Committee when he stepped in to run for the district 27 state representative seat for Dennis Mulder who had to resign because of a family illness.

Because of the timing, though, Mulder's name remained on the ballot per state election laws.

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 Trayvon Martin / Headline SurferSANFORD -- Before the mass murders in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., no gun-related slaying created such a national uproar than that of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin who crossed paths with gun-toting neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman. It's the No. 1 story in Headline Surfer's ranking of the Top 10 Florida stories of 2012.

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May 2, 2011, may not be rembered as much as Sept. 11, but Osama bin Laden didn't get to rejoice on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks he masterminded. That's because American Navy Seals took him out. Bin Laden was shot to death. Payback is a son-of a-bitch.

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