Nikki Fried claims victory as Matt Caldwell eyes South Florida totals
Democrat Nikki Fried declared victory once again in Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner race.
“I’m honored to serve as your next Commissioner of Agriculture. Now, we come together and work in union to govern for the people of Florida,” Fried said today on Twitter.
But officials with Republican Matt Caldwell’s campaign say he’s waiting on controversy in two South Florida counties to settle.
Florida elections officials were required today to submit results of a manual tabulation of over- and undervotes to the Florida Division of Elections today.
The state now reports Fried won 4,032,954 votes to Caldwell’s 4,026,201 statewide, a difference of 6,753 votes or 0.08 percent.
But that recount doesn’t reflect any change in Palm Beach County, which has yet to begin its hand recount in the Agriculture Commissioner race.
A judged directed officials in Palm Beach to complete the smaller Florida House District 89 recount ahead of the Agriculture Commissioner contest.
Caldwell officials don’t plan to make any announcements regarding the race until every significant election dispute gets settled.
Officials also argue with a decision for a machine recount of the race to use the original totals in some counties,