Gil­lum, DeSan­tis gap nar­rows in Fla. gov race

Boston Herald - - OBITUARIES -

MI­AMI — The race for Florida gover­nor ap­pears headed for a re­count, as Demo­crat An­drew Gil­lum con­tin­ues to gain on Repub­li­can Ron DeSan­tis dur­ing the tal­ly­ing of the fi­nal un­counted bal­lots cast in the midterm elec­tions. Gil­lum, the out­go­ing mayor of Tal­la­has­see, con­ceded the race Tues­day night be­fore 11 p.m. af­ter re­sults ap­peared to show him too far be­hind his op­po­nent to make up the dif­fer­ence. DeSan­tis, a for­mer con­gress­man, gave his vic­tory speech shortly af­ter. But thou­sands of votes re­mained un­tal­lied. And over the next 36 hours, the mar­gins grad­u­ally shrank. 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. Con­ces­sion speech or no, Florida law re­quires an au­to­matic ma­chine re­count in any race where the mar­gin of vic­tory is within one-half of 1 per­cent­age point. By 2 p.m., Gil­lum gained on DeSan­tis by an­other 4,441 votes, and now trails by only 0.47 per­cent. Thou­sands of bal­lots still re­main un­counted, so it’s too soon to say whether a re­count will in­deed hap­pen in the race for gover­nor. Florida’s 67 elec­tions su­per­vi­sors must send their un­of­fi­cial num­bers to the state by 1 p.m. Satur­day, and cam­paign vol­un­teers were scram­bled around the state yes­ter­day as su­per­vi­sors pre­pared to ex­am­ine pro­vi­sional bal­lots cast by vot­ers with un­re­solved is­sues at their polling places. Late yes­ter­day morn­ing, Gil­lum cam­paign spokes­woman Jo­hanna Cer­vone said the cam­paign was pre­pared for a re­count ef­fort. “It has be­come clear there are many more un­counted bal­lots than was orig­i­nally re­ported,” she said in a state­ment. “Our cam­paign, along with our at­tor­ney Barry Richard, is mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion closely and is ready for any out­come, in­clud­ing a state-man­dated re­count.” But all eyes were on Broward County, which ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pub­lished by the Florida Di­vi­sion of Elec­tions has yet to re­port all its early vot­ing and ab­sen­tee vot­ing to­tals. Broward is a Demo­cratic party strong­hold.

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NOT DONE YET: Florida Demo­cratic gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date An­drew Gil­lum gives his con­ces­sion speech Tues­day. Con­ces­sion or no, Florida law re­quires a re­count when the mar­gin of vic­tory within one-half of 1 per­cent. Gil­lum was be­hind by 0.47 per­cent yes­ter­day.

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