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It's Not Over for Andrew Gillum: Florida Governor Race Could Head to Recount

"Florida law requires an automatic machine recount in any race where the margin of victory is within one half of one percentage point."

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The Florida governor race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis wasn't decided on Tuesday night, as it appears there may be a recount on the ballots.


Gillum conceded the race just before 11 p.m. on Tuesday when it seemed he was too far behind DeSantis in votes, but thousands of votes remained uncounted. Since then, the margins between the two have greatly decreased.

"As of 9 a.m., DeSantis' lead was just 42,948 votes out of 8,189,305 ballots cast — equal to 0.52 percent of the vote," according to The Miami Herald.

"Florida law requires an automatic machine recount in any race where the margin of victory is within one half of one percentage point."

Around 2 p.m., the margin had dropped below 0.50 percent.

DeSantis is holding a 0.47 percent or "38,515 ballots out of more than 8.2 million cast," The Palm Beach Post reports.

Gillum's campaign said, in a statement:

"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. We are committed to ensuring every single vote in Florida is counted."

On Thursday, his campaign offices across the state reached out to voters who casted provisional ballots, but were not counted Tuesday evening due to an issue with their registration or identification.

Gillum tweeted:

In Palm Beach county alone, more than 10,000 provisional ballots were cast. Thousands of votes still need to be counted.

"Gillum's campaign has hired Barry Richard to represent them during the recount," according to CNN. "Richard had previously been known for representing Bush during the 2000 recount."

Broward County is important for Gillum as it is considered rich in Democratic votes. According to information published by the Florida Division of Elections, the county has yet to report all its early voting and absentee voting totals.

County election officials in Florida have until 1 p.m. Saturday to report unofficial results to the state. "If the winning margin is less than 0.5 points according to those results, a machine recount is mandated by state law, unless the losing candidate says in writing that he does not wish to pursue the recount," according to USA Today.

At the same time, the Senate race between Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott looks like it's also headed to a recount.

As of Thursday morning, state election counts put Scott ahead of Nelson by just 22,000 votes, according to The Associated Press. An estimated 113,000 ballots had not been counted, statewide. And they are in locations Nelson would be expected to win by a vote margin of 24.9 percent.

The Conversation (1)
votetocorrect10 Nov, 2018
Florida and AZ are always the only states that take days to weeks to count votes after an election. The hope in these states (by the Red's) is that the Dems concede when down a few thousand votes. When Dems don't concede (history shows), votes counted will prove Dems will win!

Laquan McDonald Reduced to 'Second Class Citizen,' Says Family

The light sentence given to the officer who killed McDonald, "suggests to us that there are no laws on the books for a Black man that a white man is bound to honor," said his great-uncle.

Hours of testimony at Jason Van Dyke's sentencing on Friday ended in shock for one family, and relief and happiness for the other.

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Two Students Leave University of Oklahoma After Blackface Video Surfaces

"Obviously we've had a second incident in several years," University of Oklahoma President James Gallogly said. "It shows that there must be something systemic. We have work to do."

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Another video of a student in blackface has surfaced at the University of Oklahoma (OU).

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Senator Holds Airlines Accountable When Servicing Customers With Disabilities

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is working to stop wheelchairs from getting damaged during air travel.

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U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is leading the charge for better airline management of customers' motorized wheelchairs. Duckworth has been confined to a wheelchair since her helicopter was shot down in Iraq and she lost both of her legs.

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California Defies Trump's Order NOT to Pay Furloughed Workers Unemployment

Over 55 percent of civil service employees in the state are people of color.

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President Donald Trump signed legislation on Wednesday that said all furloughed workers would receive back pay once the government reopens. However, the Trump administration has ordered states not to provide unemployment coverage to federal workers who have been required to work without pay during the partial government shutdown.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Thursday the U.S. Department of Labor sent states a letter with that mandate, according to NPR. The Department of Labor said the roughly 420,000 federal employees who are "essential" cannot file for unemployment as they are "generally ineligible."

It also reported 10,454 initial claims by federal workers for the week that ended Jan. 5, doubling the previous week's figure. Thousands more have applied since, state officials said.

Newsom said the decision by the Department of Labor's decision was "jaw-dropping."

"So, the good news is, we're going to do it, and shame on them," he said.

"From a moral perspective, there is no debate on this issue and we will blow back aggressively on the Department of Labor."

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) reports unemployment claims for one week during the shutdown are up 600 percent from the same time last year. The state has over 245,000 federal employees.

Over 55 percent of civil service employees in the state are people of color, and they are over 35 percent of the country's federal workforce.

Newsom encouraged people to continue to apply while the state figured out how to get the money. He estimated benefits that would last up to 26 weeks and provided a few hundred extra dollars a month. He said he knows it doesn't fix everything, but hopefully it helps.

His message to Trump: "Let us states do the job you can't seem to do yourself."

Some state officials said they had asked utilities and other companies to extend mercy to federal employees, and the federal Office of Personnel Management published sample letters that furloughed employees could send to creditors to ask for patience.

Texas has received more than 2,900 claims from federal workers since the shutdown began on Dec. 22, while Ohio is approaching 700. Kansas reported 445 filings, and Alabama was closing in on 500. Montana said it had logged almost 1,500.

Trump tweeted on Friday that he would be making a "major announcement" on Saturday about the government shutdown.

A senior administration official told CNN that Trump plans to offer Democrats another proposal to end the shutdown.

Reader Question: How are people you know that are furloughed workers surviving?

Black Student in Kansas Sues School District for Racial Discrimination

The dance team's choreographer told Camille Sturdivant that her skin was "too dark" to perform because she "clashed" with uniforms.

Camille Sturdivant has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the Blue Valley School District for the abuse she was subjected to as a member of the high school dance team.

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Viral Video of Daycare Employee Mistreating a Black Child Spurs Investigation

A Black toddler was subjected to having her hair pulled and being pushed by the employee.

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In a video that has now gone viral on Instagram and Facebook, a woman is shown pushing and pulling the hair of a toddler at a daycare center.

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