mack__bernard_4.jpgjeff_clemens.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Mack Bernard plans to challenge the results of a Florida Senate race after Democrat Jeff Clemens defeated him by 17 votes.

Clemens initially won the race by 34 votes out of more than 24,000 cast. A recount later showed Clemens with a 17-vote win.


Bernard is also a Democrat. There was no Republican candidate.

Bernard's attorney, Juan-Carlos Planas, said a challenge will be filed in a Tallahassee court Thursday.

Clemens is a former Lake Worth mayor who ran as a progressive. Bernard is a former city commissioner who won the support of Republicans and the local business community.

A spokesman for Clemens' campaign said the challenge is being pushed by a former Republican house member and past lead counsel for a chapter of the Republican National Lawyers Association.