Andrew Gillum’s historic race for Florida governor may not be over. After conceding defeat on Tuesday night, there’s news of a possible recount.
Gillum’s camp reportedly said there are more votes to be counted that could put the Tallahassee mayor over the top, according to a tweet from April Ryan of American Urban Radio.
Gillum, who could become Florida’s first African-American governor, came up short Tuesday night by a slim margin of 49.7 percent to 49 percent against his GOP rival Ron DeSantis. In an emotional speech, Gillum apologized to his supporters.
“I sincerely regret that I couldn’t bring it home for you,” he said, referring to his campaign slogan.
But many said he conceded too soon.
Meanwhile, in another potentially historic race, Democrat Stacy Abrams is calling for a recount in her race for Georgia governor. Her rival, Republican Brian Kemp, won 50.4 percent of the vote to Abrams’ 48.7 percent. A Libertarian candidate received the remaining votes.
Under Georgia law, if no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote, then the top two vote-getters advance to a runoff election.
Abrams could become the first African-American woman governor.
In Florida, an automatic recount of all votes is triggered when there’s a lead of less than one half of a percentage. If the margin of victory is under one quarter of a percentage point, a hand recount is ordered.
DeSantis won by over 55,000 votes (.68 percent) in the intial vote count–very close to triggering a recount. Uncounted ballots could shake up this race.
This story will be updated.
'I Approve This Message!': Oprah Fires Up Georgia Voters For Stacey Abrams
1. On Political Affiliation
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"I am an independent woman," Oprah Winfrey says. "Nobody paid for me to come here. Nobody even asked for me to come here. I paid for myself and I approve this message." (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/mznVlNv0ln— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 1, 2018
2. Political Ambitions
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"I want to make it very clear," Oprah Winfrey says while campaigning for Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.— ABC News (@ABC) November 1, 2018
"I don't want to run, okay? I'm not trying to test any waters. Don't want to go in those waters." https://t.co/an3bklUKLh pic.twitter.com/cyGqO4Kox4
3. Right To Vote
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"Maya Angelou used to say, 'Baby, your crown has been paid for so put it on your head and wear it.'— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) November 1, 2018
THE RIGHT TO VOTE IS YOUR CROWN,” Oprah. pic.twitter.com/J13Bv7RJU7
4. Vote To Honor Ancesors
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Oprah Winfrey says you are "dishonoring your family" and "disrespecting and disregarding their legacy" if you don't vote in Tuesday's elections. https://t.co/0g5zjn5X4F— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 1, 2018
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6. Sisters Unite
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Oprah Winfrey laments "all this noise" and "crazy talk" in politics ahead of the midterm elections and urges women to "unite as sisters" in voting.— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 1, 2018
"All the vitriol and the ads, you know what? They are designed to confuse and confound you with fear" https://t.co/7Z8DKAKQ9e pic.twitter.com/tkM397eezr
7. Electrified Crowd
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Audience here in Marietta GA for Oprah’s first town hall for @StaceyAbrams is overwhelmingly black women — *the* crucial voting block that can turn the election in Abrams’s favor. pic.twitter.com/1wQAr0rhtV— alexwagner (@alexwagner) November 1, 2018
8. Rep. John Lewis Dances
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Iconic: Civil rights leader and living legend @repjohnlewis busts a move before @staceyabrams and @oprah take the stage in Dekalb!🕺🏾(we did the same dance after we voted early!) #TeamAbrams #gapol pic.twitter.com/89kvaw8a2m— Fair Fight (@fairfightaction) November 1, 2018
9. Vote Your Values
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"Let me just talk to the women for a minute," Oprah Winfrey says while campaigning for Stacey Abrams, telling listeners to "stand united and vote our values. Vote your values. Vote you conscience." https://t.co/uhXHjlRQUw pic.twitter.com/YPbn7M4P5j— CNN (@CNN) November 1, 2018