Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Gillum statement stokes intrigue as Florida vote margin tightens

All Eyes on Florida's Gubernatorial Race: Will Florida Go Blue? Andrew Gillum vs. Ron DeSantis: LIVE Florida gubernatorial election results
| 09 November, 2018, 02:40

It appears Florida's senate contest as well as the gubernatorial race between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum may be headed to a recount with DeSantis's victory margin slipping below half a percent as votes from Democratic-leaning Broward and Palm Beach counties continue to flow in.

"On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count. Our campaign, along with our attorney Barry Richard, is monitoring the situation closely and is ready for an outcome, including a state-mandated recount". "Whether it's an absentee vote, whether you voted on election day, whether it is a provisional ballot - we want every vote counted".

As of 9 a.m., DeSantis' lead was just 42,948 votes out of 8,189,305 ballots cast - equal to 0.52 percent of the vote.

Republican senate candidate Rick Scott and Democratic incumbent Sen. The two-term governor's victory margin dropped from.27 percent on Wednesday to just 0.22 of 1 percent by Thursday afternoon, according to unofficial returns.

In the state's race for the next agriculture commissioner, Democrat Nikki Fried how now taken the lead over Republican Matt Caldwell.

But 22,000 votes still need counting in the tight race between Mr Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams - who has not yet conceded.

Gillum himself took to Facebook Live to address supporters, though he did not explicitly comment on if he hoped to win: "In spite of the fact that we're a little bit down in the numbers, we're hopeful that every single vote will be counted in this race", he said.

November 20: Official results from counties are certified by the state.

In a call with reporters Thursday, Nelson lawyer Marc Elias said that the race now stands as a "jump ball" as counties around the state canvass their votes, but he believes Nelson will remain senator once the recount dust settles. A 0.25-point vote margin prompts a more thorough manual recount.


In the Senate race, under votes are ballots in which optical-scanning machines counted a vote for a down-ballot race such as governor or attorney general but not for senator.

The Gillum campaign also believes that, if an automatic recount is triggered in the governor race, that provisional ballots will be essential.

Voters who cast provisional ballots have until Thursday at 5 p.m.to verify their ID or provide other data to county officials to make their ballots count.

Broward has been the scene of drama since the election, with the Nelson campaign holding off on conceding Tuesday night due to votes from seven precincts that had to be driven to elections centers and manually entered from thumb drives. The deadline to cure provisional ballots is 5pm Thursday, but campaign officials expect that to be extended by a few days.

Elias said he's concerned that a third of the votes in the Florida Senate race are still unknown.

Broward officials, however, had not counted mail-ins, early-voting ballots, provisionals nor overseas ballots, according to the state elections site.

Elias said historically, recounts tend to pick up more Democratic votes, even in GOP-dominated counties, though he added even Miami-Dade has a history of rejecting more mail-in ballots from African American and Hispanic voters than whites.

"Let's be clear: When Elias says 'win, ' he means 'steal, ' " Scott's campaign said.

If Ms Abrams tightens the margin and neither candidate gets 50% of the vote, Georgia law will require a runoff election in December.

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