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The contest begins

The House task force looking into the disputed Sarasota-area congressional seat will hold its first open meeting Wednesday morning "to discuss matters pertaining to the contested election in the 13th Congressional District of Florida."

Republican Vern Buchanan was sworn in to represent the district, but Democratic challenger Christine Jennings is contesting his 369-vote margin of victory, saying the voting machines malfunctioned and cost her the election. Nearly 18,000 ballots were cast without a vote in the congressional race. Buchanan's camp says the machines passed state inspection and were working just fine.

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