Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is keeping an eye on the final vote tally in Broward County as a result of the Florida governor’s race and if close enough, could be the trigger for a run-off in the closely watched race.
“I’m looking forward to seeing every vote counted,” Gillum tweeted Wednesday night.
Gillum conceded defeat in the race against Ron DeSantis, losing 4,052,118 to 3,996,679 — or just seven percentage points.
“I sincerely regret that I couldn’t bring it home for you,” said an emotional Gillum. “But I can guarantee you this. I’m not going anywhere. We’re going to keep fighting. We’re going to keep working.”
However, there are still thousands of votes that need to be counted, and his team says the race isn’t over after all.
I’m looking forward to seeing every vote counted. https://t.co/WT86K6Od7T
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) November 8, 2018
According to Tallehassee.com, Gillum advisor Kevin Cate noted that the Republican nominee’s lead had fallen within 0.08 percent of the legally required machine recount.
Broward election officials said to expect their first unofficial results by 1:00 p.m. Friday.
Under state law in Florida, a recount is mandatory if the winning candidate’s margin is 0.5 percentage points or less.
The notice for a recount would come from Secretary of State Ken Detzner, an appointee of Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who also faces a recount in his campaign against incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.
Stacey Abrams Keeps the Fight Going
In Georgia’s governor’s race, Stacey Abrams is also not giving upin her pursuit to become the first Black woman governor in the United States, even as her opponent Brian Kemp’s camp claims victory.
There is a small margin between Abrams and Kemp, less than 63,000 votes. Kemp has 50.4% and Stacey Abrams has 48.66%. In Georgia you need 50% plus 1 to win and avoid a runoff.
Kemp’s team has already declared a victory in the state and warned that his team would start the transition today to become governor.