Katherine Harris
wins House seat

By WND Staff

Katherine Harris, the former Florida secretary of state who played a pivotal role in the disputed 2000 presidential election and author of a new book on the subject, won her bid for a seat in the House of Representatives tonight – instantly making her one of the most visible women in Washington.

With all the precincts reporting, Harris won 138,940 votes, or 55 percent, while Democratic opponent Jan Schneider earned 114,618 votes, or 45 percent.

Harris’ national trial as the secretary of state who certified George W. Bush’s electoral victory in Florida in 2000 is chronicled in Harris’ new book, “Center of the Storm,” published by WND Books, a partnership of WorldNetDaily and Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., another prominent woman in Washington, directed her political action committee, Hilpac, to support her old Yale Law School classmate Schneider in the uphill race for the open congressional seat against Harris.

Harris far outraised Schneider, commanding more than $2.9 million. Schneider raised just over $240,000, with most of that coming from loans to herself.

Harris handily won September’s Republican primary, beating out political newcomer and former television news anchor John Hill.

Hill had sued to have Harris disqualified because of her hasty resignation as secretary of state in August in order to qualify for the congressional race. A judge dismissed the case.

The race for District 13 gained national interest because of Harris, who became a celebrity by presiding as the state’s chief election officer during the 2000 recount. Bush carried the state by 537 votes, beating Democrat Al Gore.

Much maligned by Democrats, Harris became a GOP darling during the recount. She was endorsed by incumbent Rep. Dan Miller, R-Bradenton, who is retiring after five terms.

Harris represented part of the district after she won a state Senate seat from Sarasota in 1994 before she was elected as secretary of state in 1998.

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