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Florida recount presses forward, Republican lead shrinks
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Florida recount presses forward, Republican lead shrinks


Democrats are hoping that the recounts in Florida’s U.S. Senate and Agriculture Commissioners races will reverse Republican vote totals in those respective races.

Veteran Senator Bill Nelson (D) (pictured with Senator Rubio) immediately announced that his team was pushing for a recount, prompting Scott to emphatically state that race was over, and that Nelson was needed to give it a rest.

Scott (R) leads Nelson (D) by .26 percent, or 21,899 votes in the senate race, and Matt Caldwell (R) leads Nikki Fried (D) by .06 percent, or 4,109 votes, in the agriculture commissioner race.

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Because the automatic threshold for a statewide recount is .5, these two races were expecting the scrutiny, but the other big statewide race this election cycle, the governor’s contest between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis, wasn’t.

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The DeSantis/Gillum race ended with DeSantis winning by .52 percent, or 42,938 votes.

Could that change?

Outside of the Caldwell/Fried race, it will be very difficult for Democrats to make up that many votes.


Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning South Florida-based political journalist owns Diverse New Media, Corp. which publishes,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming and biking. He ran as a Republican in the 2018 congressional primary race in Florida's CD 22. Javier is also a political consultant, and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at Email him at [email protected]

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