DeSantis wins machine recount in FL gov race; Gillum refuses to concede

DeSantis wins machine recount in FL gov race; Gillum refuses to concede
Ron DeSantis, Andrew Gillum (Images: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – As noted earlier, the Florida secretary of state has NOT ordered another recount for the governor’s race. Signs are that he’s accepting the machine-recount result, meaning Ron DeSantis has won.  But Gillum’s not going quietly. Since’s has “stopped short of filing a lawsuit,” it’s not clear what his refusal to concede means.]

In the governor’s race, the recount showed that Democrat Andrew Gillum trailed Republican Ron DeSantis by 33,683 votes, a net gain of 1 vote for Gillum from the unofficial results reported last week. The margin was 0.41 percent out of more than 8 million votes cast, outside the 0.25 percent threshold needed for a manual recount.

Although the lead appears insurmountable, Gillum would not concede and called for counting to continue. He stopped short, however, of filing a lawsuit to demand that.

“A vote denied is justice denied — the State of Florida must count every legally cast vote,” Gillum said. “As today’s unofficial reports and recent court proceedings make clear, there are tens of thousands of votes that have yet to be counted. We plan to do all we can to ensure that every voice is heard in this process.”

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