Two days after the Florida 2018 election, it seems more likely that several state and local races will report, including one for the Agriculture Commissioner.
On election night, Republican Matt Caldwell led Democrat Nikki Fried with around 12,000 votes, around 0.16 percentage points, however, as provisional, absent, military and overseas votes in that margin are getting smaller and smaller.
"This is the closest race since we've been here in Florida since Bush v. Gore in 2000 – we're on the way to a recount," Fried said Wednesday.
Thursday saw the turnaround and Caldwell dropped more than 500 votes, and Fried had moved forward after the unofficial election results of the Florida Division of Elections' election division.
The difference almost approaches what the 36-day Bush Gore recount of 2000 triggered with 1
The machine recalculation threshold is 0.5 points. A hand count requires a difference of 0.25 percentage points.
"The race is too short to call," said Fried's Communications Director Max Flugrath.
Florida Democratic Party officials are watching attentively the ongoing voting process.
Fried, if elected, would be the only Democratic cabinet member in Florida, and the first woman to have been elected agricultural commissioner in the United States. Her campaign called for a call for donations for "emergencies" and her campaign on Wednesday.
"The Democrats will take all steps to ensure that every single vote is counted and we will recount Nikki Fried's election for the Commissioner for Agriculture and Consumer Protection," said Juan Penalosa, Executive Director of the FDP, the following morning the election day.
Florida's Secretary of State has ordered no official recount.
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