At least one of Florida’s interminable recounts is over. Governor Elect Ron DeSantis, the Republican in the race, not only retained his election night win over Democrat Andrew Gillum, he beat the left’s effort to steal the election.
So, now DeSantis has won twice.
According to a Thursday evening report at USA Today the final count was 4,075,445 for DeSantis and 4,041,762 for Gillum. The result is set to be certified next week.
It is DeSantis for the win with just 0.4 percent of the vote and a spread of 33,683 votes.
According to National Review editor Charles C.W. Cooke, all this recounting is not likely to change the outcome of any of the Florida races.
Bottom line: Ron DeSantis is the next governor of Florida. That is not going to change. Rick Scott is almost certainly going to prevail, too, absent a legal bombshell or the discovery of some catastrophic error.
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) November 15, 2018
DeSantis closed Thursday night with an appeal to his Democrat opponent for comity and harmony, one that will likely be rejected.
“Campaigns are meant to be vigorously debated contests of ideas and competing visions for the future. The campaign for governor achieved this objective as evidenced by historic voter turnout from people of all parties across our state,” DeSantis said.
“But campaigns of ideas must give way to governing and bringing people together to secure Florida’s future. With the campaign now over, that’s where all of my focus will be,” DeSantis added.
“And, to this end, I invite Mayor Gillum to join me in the days ahead in a conversation about the future of our great state. We have both traveled the state and met Floridians from all walks of life. Sharing these experiences will, I believe, help us unite our state and build toward unity on behalf of the people of Florida,” DeSantis asserted.
What is far more likely is that Gillum will try to attack the results in the courts form months if not years to come.
And speaking of the other Florida races Democrats are desperately trying to steal, not only is current Florida Governor Rick Scott still beating Democrat Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate race, he seems to have picked up a few votes.
According to the Washington Examiner, Rick Scott’s tally grew by 865 votes over his Democrat opponent.
Florida’s tight Senate race was headed to a manual ballot recount Thursday after a machine tally of the state’s 8.2 million ballots showed a difference between Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Rick Scott of less than 0.25 percent.
Scott picked up 865 votes in the machine recount, giving him a margin of 13,427 votes over Nelson, according to Scott’s campaign. But that gain wasn’t enough to avoid a state-mandated hand recount of all ballots
The numbers are tight enough that a hand recount has been ordered by the Florida Secretary of State’s office.
So, the Florida Senate and Agriculture Commissioner races will now proceed to hand recounts supposedly to be completed by Sunday.
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