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

November 10, 2018

Editors:

The Associated Press is retracting its call in the race for Florida governor. The AP had declared Republican Ron DeSantis the winner over Democrat Andrew Gillum.

DeSantis holds a lead of 33,684 out of more than 8.2 million cast — a margin of 0.41 percentage points.

Under Florida law, a recount has been triggered because the lead was less than 0.5 percentage points when the first unofficial count was verified by Florida’s secretary of state on Saturday. Gillum had conceded, but said Saturday he will not waive the recount.

It is AP policy not to call a race facing 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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