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Mt. Dora City Council race requires recount

Final results of race will be available Nov. 14

MOUNT DORA, Fla. – It was a tight race for an at-large City Council seat in Mt. Dora, leading to thousands of ballots being recounted.

On Tuesday councilman Nick Girone and opponent Marie Rich both had 2,347 votes, but Girone picked up two more votes after absentee and provisional ballots were tallied, giving him just a two vote lead and leading to a recount.

"Here I am, I'm unknown here, and I got 50 percent of the vote. I mean that is great," Rich told Local 6.

Rich said she didn't have the funds her opponent did, so she had a grassroots effort, going door-to-door to drum up support.

They are weeks away from knowing who will take the seat. After the machine recount, by law there will have to be a hand recount because the difference is between a quarter of one percent.

"It's just part of the process," Girone told Local 6. "I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Lake County."

The Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office has to wait until Nov. 14 to see if it receives ballots from any residents who are overseas, which is potentially 16 votes.

The final results of the race will be available Nov. 14.