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Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum is open to a recount

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Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.
Florida gubernatorial
candidate Andrew Gillum.

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  • Tallahassee’s Democratic mayor, Andrew Gillum, conceded
    in Florida’s gubernatorial race on Tuesday night. 
  • But 36 hours later, Democrats insist tens of thousands of
    votes remain uncounted.
  • Gillum’s campaign said Thursday that he is “ready for any
    outcome,” including a recount.

Tallahassee’s Democratic mayor, Andrew Gillum, conceded in
Florida’s gubernatorial race on Tuesday night. 

But 36 hours later — with Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis
leading by just 43,000 votes (0.6 percentage points) —
Gillum’s campaign said he was open to a recount. 

“On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with
the best information available about the number of outstanding
ballots left to count,” Gillum’s spokeswoman Johanna Cervone said
in a
statement
. “Since that time, it has become clear there are
many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported. Our
campaign, along with our attorney Barry Richard, is monitoring
the situation closely and is ready for any outcome, including a
state-mandated recount.” 

Democrats — including Sen. Bill Nelson’s reelection campaign —
say there are still tens of thousands of as of yet uncounted
ballots in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade
counties, all of which are left-leaning. 

Nelson, who is currently losing to Republican Rick Scott by
just 22,000 votes (about 0.26 percent), has not accepted
defeat. 

Florida requires an automatic machine recount if the
candidates are within half a point of each other — and a hand
recount if the diffence between the candidates is less than 0.25
percent. 

The competitive race — widely viewed as a proxy war between
the progressive left and the far-right — attracted intense
national scrutiny, with Democrats hopeful for a win amid a surge
in voter turnout.

The candidates ran on dramatically different visions for
the Sunshine state. 

DeSantis, a member of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus
who saturated his campaign with mentions of Trump, campaigned on
his military background and deeply conservative positions on
abortion, gun rights, and illegal immigration.

Gillum, the son of a bus driver and construction worker,
highlighted his working-class roots, with promises to invest
heavily in the state’s public schools and fight for stricter gun
regulations and Medicare-for-all.

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