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AP-US--Election 2018-Florida-Governor,ADVISORY, US

November 8, 2018

Editors:

The Associated Press is closely monitoring the race for governor in Florida, where election officials continue to count absentee ballots.

AP has called the election for Republican Ron DeSantis, who holds a lead of 38,613 votes out of more than 8.2 million ballots counted — a margin of 0.47 percentage points — over Democrat Andrew Gillum.

Under Florida law, a recount is mandatory if the margin of the winning candidate is less than 0.5 percentage points when the first unofficial count is verified Saturday by Florida’s secretary of state.

Should that count show DeSantis with a margin of less than 0.5 percentage points, triggering a recount, AP will retract its call for DeSantis. It is AP policy not to call a race that is facing a recount.

If the race proceeds to a recount, no new call will be made until the recount is complete and the results of the election are certified by Florida officials.

The AP, Washington

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