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Paper trail premiere a late-night affair

The debut for Florida's new optical-scan voting machines stretched late into the night in South Florida, with results still trickling in well after midnight in counties like Broward.

The slow returns frustrated some candidates in races likely to be decided by only a few hundred votes.

"It's been a long night," said Eleanor Sobel, who spent the night poised to edge out two former state representatives to win a seat in the Florida Senate. "I wish they would find a way to count the votes faster. Let's get into the 21st century."

--ADAM BEASLEY AND BREANNE GILPATRICK

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