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Recount Begins, Gillum Rescinds Concession

November 10th, 2018 by Jake Stofan

The State of the Florida has officially ordered machine recounts in the US Senate, Governor’s, Commissioner of agriculture and three Legislative races.

By 2:30 PM the recount was underway in Leon County.

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum rescinded his Tuesday night concession Saturday afternoon.

“I am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromised and unapologetic call that we count every single vote,” said Gillum.

Gillum trails his opponent Ron DeSantis by the largest margin in all of the races being recounted.

Ryan Tyson with the Associated Industries of Florida says he doesn’t expect any outcomes to be changed.

“I’ve watched these machine recounts for years in Florida,” said Tyson. “Since we got the optical scan machines there really is very little change that happens.”

DeSantis announced in a YouTube video that he is already organizing a transition team.

“Those results are clear and unambiguous just as they were on Election Night and I am honored by the trust that Floridians have placed in me to serve as your next Governor,” said DeSantis.

The recount is just the beginning of what will be a long and fluid process.

Democratic Strategist Steve Schale says some aspects of the election will have to be decided by courts, but he condemned conspiracy theory rhetoric from both sides.

“If we start throwing around crazy ideas all we do is risk the validity of this election,” said Schale.

The machine recount must be completed by Thursday at 3 pm.

If any races fall below a quarter percent margin a hand recount will be triggered.

The results of which must be submitted within three days and officially certified by November 20th.

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