Gillum now says recount possible in Florida's governor race

Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Mayor Andrew Gillum takes questions from the press while his wife R. Jai Gillum, and children look on after casting their ballots at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church Precinct in Tallahassee, Florida on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. (Octavio Jones/The Tampa Bay Times via AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democrat Andrew Gillum's campaign now says it's prepared for a possible recount in the Florida governor race that he conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday night.

In a statement Thursday, Gillum's campaign says it underestimated the ballots that still needed to be counted when he conceded.

The campaign says it's monitoring the situation and preparing for a possible state-mandated recount.

Florida law requires a recount in races in which the winning margin is 0.5 percent or less, unless the trailing candidate says in writing that he or she doesn't want a recount. Canvassing boards conduct the recount by running ballots through vote tabulation machines.

As of Wednesday morning, DeSantis led Gillum by 43,039 votes out of nearly 8.2 million cast, or a difference of 0.526 of a percentage point.

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