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Florida counties have hit the deadline for submitting official results in this year’s contentious midterm elections.

Counties had until noon on Sunday to finish up recounts and turn final totals in closely watched races for U.S. Senate and governor.

Carts of ballots wait to be fed through machines to recount about 80,000 ballots for the Florida House District 89 race between candidates Republican Mike Caruso and Democrat Jim Bonfiglio at the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Service Center in Riviera Beach, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (James Wooldridge/Palm Beach Post via AP)
Carts of ballots wait to be fed through machines to recount about 80,000 ballots for the Florida House District 89 race between candidates Republican Mike Caruso and Democrat Jim Bonfiglio at the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Service Center in Riviera Beach, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (James Wooldridge/Palm Beach Post via AP)

State election officials were expected to announce the totals later Sunday, and will officially certify the results on Tuesday.

The deadline comes a day after Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded the governor’s race to Republican Ron DeSantis. Previous totals showed Gillum trailing DeSantis by more than 30,000 votes.

Mayor Andrew Gillum addresses supporters and urges that they keep politically engaged as the Broward County of Supervisor of Elections Office have five days to recount cast votes over an entire month leading up to Tuesday's midterm election. Gillum held a faith-based recount rally inside New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.  (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)
Mayor Andrew Gillum addresses supporters and urges that they keep politically engaged as the Broward County of Supervisor of Elections Office have five days to recount cast votes over an entire month leading up to Tuesday’s midterm election. Gillum held a faith-based recount rally inside New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP)

Counties were legally required to do a machine recount after the initial results showed the race for governor and U.S. Senate very close. State officials then ordered a hand recount earlier in the week

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Democrat Andrew Gillum says he is ending his hard-fought race for Florida governor and has congratulated Republican Ron DeSantis (Nov. 17)
Democrat Andrew Gillum says he is ending his hard-fought race for Florida governor and has congratulated Republican Ron DeSantis (Nov. 17)

Andrew Gillum, who tried to energize Florida’s young and minority voters through a Democratic coalition seeking to end two decades of Republican control of the governor’s office, ended his hard-fought campaign Saturday as the state’s first black nominee for the post.

Gillum, whose refrain had been “bring it home” as he recounted stories of growing up poor in the state, concluded his campaign with a Facebook video he recorded alongside his wife in a park.

Palm Beach County Election board announced it prioritized the order it would continue its recount focusing on the Senate race first to meet the Sunday deadline. (Nov. 16)
Palm Beach County Election board announced it prioritized the order it would continue its recount focusing on the Senate race first to meet the Sunday deadline. (Nov. 16)

In his four-minute plus video, Gillum congratulated Republican Ron DeSantis and also vowed to remain politically active even though his term as mayor of the Florida capital of Tallahassee ends next week. Of his future plans, Gillum said: “stay tuned.”

Gillum, just 39 years old, earned national attention and financial backing from well-known liberal billionaires with his first bid for statewide office. He ran on a liberal platform that included expanding Medicaid and raising taxes to spend more on education even though both ideas would have been hard to pass through the GOP-controlled Legislature.

Source: The Associated Press

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