DeSantis and Gillum head to a recount; Rubio blasts Broward election officials

· November 8, 2018  
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The Florida gubernatorial race is officially headed for a recount, as late votes have poured in, narrowing the margin by which Republican Ron DeSantis leads Democrat Andrew Gillum.

The late votes are coming from Broward and Palm Beach counties, the Sun-Sentinel reports. According to the latest vote tally from the Florida secretary of state’s office, DeSantis leads Gillum by just 0.47 percent. Florida state law requires a mandatory machine recount if the margin between two candidates is less than 0.5 percent.

Gillum conceded the race to DeSantis Tuesday evening, but since the additional ballots have been counted his campaign has released a statement indicating it will seek a recount if necessary.

Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., blasted Broward County election officials in a series of tweets Thursday, accusing Democrats of trying to “steal” the election.

DeSantis currently leads Gillum by 38,515 votes. Likewise, Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott leads his opponent, incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., by roughly 22,000 votes. The Senate race is also headed for a recount.

Historically, election recounts shift vote tallies by hundreds of votes, not tens of thousands. In the 2008 Minnesota race, Democrat Al Franken trailed by 212 votes when a recount was called. After the recount, he won the race by 312 votes. In the most famous election recount in recent memory, during the 2000 presidential election, the margin between Republican George W. Bush and Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore was 1,784 votes, with Bush leading. After two recounts, Bush’s lead was reduced to just 327 votes, and the case ultimately went to the Supreme Court.

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Author: Chris Pandolfo

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

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