Andrew Gillum concedes Florida governor’s race to Ron DeSantis

Saul Bowman
November 18, 2018

A recount has also been ordered in Florida's Senate race.

Andrew Gillum, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Florida, conceded to his Republican opponent, former Rep. Ron DeSantis, on Saturday, ending a protracted fight that saw the Tallahassee mayor take back his Election Day concession during a statewide recount.

Gillum offered little insight as to what he plans to do next but informed his supporters to "stay tuned" in the video shared to Facebook.

"This was not just about an election cycle, this was about creating the kind of change in this state that really allows for the voices of everyday people to show up against in our government", Gillum said. "This fight for Florida continues". The recount by machine showed DeSantis leading Gillum by more than 30,000 votes, an insurmountable lead. Because Gillum's race did not fall within the.25% standard that automatically triggers a manual recount, there was nowhere near the number of votes need for Gillum to close the gap. "He will be a strong Democrat warrior long into the future - a force to reckon with!" US District Judge Mark Walker gave voters until 5 p.m. Saturday to fix their ballots if they haven't been counted because of mismatched signatures. Republican Rick Scott leads in that race. Nonetheless, Gillum says he will remain politically active, adding "the fight for Florida continues".

"This was a hard-fought campaign", he wrote on Twitter. The tight margin prompted a statewide recount.

At least 44 out of 67 counties have finished their hand recount in the Senate race. Snipes did insist that the ballots were still in the elections building.

Had the mix-up not been caught, some ballots cast for commissioner may have been counted twice, but Broward County Canvassing Board Attorney Rene Harrod said the issue was caught in time and that none of the 47 envelopes were double counted in that race.

Snipes has already been under fire for the way her office has handled the election and recount.

Officials have until noon on Sunday (local time) to tally any votes missed by electronic voting machines.

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