Andrew Gillum, who was in the running to be Florida’s first African-American governor, said on Thursday that he is open to the idea of asking for a recount, according to The Hill.
The Tallahassee mayor conceded to his Republican opponent, former Rep. Ron DeSantis, on Tuesday night; according to recent results, DeSantis led by 43,000 votes.
Election officials are tallying tens of thousands of late ballots in areas such as Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, per the report.
“On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count. Since that time, it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported,” Johanna Cervone, Gillum’s spokeswoman, told the Hill in a statement. “Our campaign, along with our attorney Barry Richard, is monitoring the situation closely and is ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount.”
BREAKING: First @AndrewGillum statement on possible #FLGov recount “It has become clear there are many more outstanding ballots left to count.” #flpol pic.twitter.com/3mNbCJGkMy
— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) November 8, 2018
Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is waiting for additional ballots to be counted in his bitter Senate race against Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican.
Nelson and Scott were separated by close to 22,000 votes, as of Thursday, per The Hill.
According to the report, an automatic machine recount must happen if the candidates are within 0.5 points of each other, and a hand recount is required if the margin is within 0.25 percentage points. Scott and Nelson are 0.26 percent apart.
“I’m confident that Sen. Nelson and the Democrats are going to do well in terms of vote share in the days to come, because when, at the end of the day, all eligible have their votes counted and counted accurately, the fundamental truth that we’re going to learn is that more voters voted for Sen. Nelson than Gov. Scott,” said Marc Elias, a Democratic lawyer that Nelson hired to represent him in the recount battle.
Democrat Stacey Abrams is also waiting for all the votes to be counted in the Georgia gubernatorial race and is mulling over her legal options.