SANFORD, Fla. - Democrat Mike Clelland was named the unofficial winner over Republican Chris Dorworth in a manual recount on Monday for Florida House District 29.
The state is expected certify the vote to make the results official by Friday. Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel said the final tally presented to the Department of the State will show a margin of victory of 146 votes for Clelland over Doworth.
"Congratulations again to Mike Clelland on a hard fought victory," said The Florida Democratic Party in a statement on Monday. "After counting and recounting the votes, Clelland has proven the upset that should send shockwaves across the Republican Party and the deep pocketed special interests in Tallahassee. We also congratulate Seminole County Democrats for their impressive victories this cycle."
Doworth, a Lake Mary Republican who was considered a rising star in the Florida GOP, was expected to be the next speaker of the House.
After Sunday night's recount, Clelland led by 140 votes. The Seminole County Canvassing Board spent Sunday overseeing the machine recount, which stretched past 11 p.m.
Sunday night, Clelland maintained that he would see through the recount process before celebrating a win, but Dorworth is seemingly resigned to the loss, sending a farewell letter to House Republicans.
A lawyer representing Dorworth said the candidate had no comment on the recount. The presumed loss is a major upset for the incumbent representative, who was the prospective Speaker of the House.
Ertel said approximately 74,000 votes were cast in the race.
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