A day after Hillsborough County’s hand recount officially concluded and two days after it was clear Janet Cruz was the Senate District 18 winner, Dana Young has conceded the race.

“The supervisor of elections has finished both recounts and submitted the results. Although the final result was not what we had hoped for, I am extremely proud of the work my team did during the campaign. I wish to thank my supporters and countless volunteers, as well as all of the voters who came out to vote during the election. I also want to thank Senate President Bill Galvano for his amazing support and friendship. As I have said, it was extremely important that we count all votes and guarantee that voters can have faith in our election process,” Young said.

Fewer than 400 votes separated the two candidates in a race that was intense from the get-go.

Senate District 18, which covers parts of Tampa and Hillsborough County, was one of several targeted by Democrats to flip and one of few where it actually happened.

Throughout the campaign both candidates lobbed accusations at one another, but Cruz fought hard to defend herself against them while

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