Ron DeSantis tours state after claiming victory in Florida's governor race

DeSantis did not address closing margins at event in West Palm Beach

By Nadeen Yanes - Reporter

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Governor-elect Ron DeSantis spent Thursday night addressing a group of about 100 people touting his plans and policies he hopes to accomplish as governor, but not addressing the closing margins in the race that could spark a mandatory recount.

"As governor, I am going to keep working with you," DeSantis said to the Florida Council of 100 inside a Breakers Palm Beach Resort Ballroom.

As DeSantis was giving his 15-minute speech, however, new numbers showed the margins in the governor's race were getting even closer. According to Florida's Election Watch as of 10 p.m. Thursday, DeSantis had only a slight lead in votes with 49.61 percent compared to Andrew Gillum's 49.17 percent.

Election officials have not yet announced if there will be a recount, which happens when the margin of victory for the winner and runner-up is equal to or less than .5 percent, according to Ballotpedia.org. If the margin of victory is equal to or less than .25 percent, the recount must be done by hand.

In West Palm Beach, the DeSantis team told media he would not be available for any interviews or comments in regards to the race, however, at an earlier stop in Hialeah Gardens, he said he is only focusing on the transition into the governor's seat.

"The results of the election were clear," DeSantis told the Palm Beach Post. News 6 is still waiting on a response from the DeSantis transition team.

However, while DeSantis is seemingly certain, his opponent, Gillum, is not.

"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," Gillum wrote in an email Thursday.

On Thursday, he also took to Facebook to call to make sure every vote is counted.

"We are continuing that fight today, so all I got to say is let's count every day and let's bring it home," Gillum said.

The secretary of state will determine if a recount is needed after noon on Saturday once all the unofficial returns from county canvassing boards have been submitted. For more information about that process, click here.

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