Fried Holds Narrow Lead Going Into Recount

Dan Florida, Industry News Release


Matt Caldwell and Nicki Fried

Nikki Fried, the Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner, led Republican Matt Caldwell by more than 3,000 votes as a recount neared in their race for the Cabinet seat, according to numbers posted on the state Division of Elections website.

As of 10 a.m. Saturday, Fried had 4,025,824 votes, while Caldwell had 4,022,704. In all, 8,048,528 votes had been tallied, with Fried receiving 50.02 percent and Caldwell receiving 49.98 percent, according to the website. Machine recounts are triggered when the margin between candidates is 0.5 percent or less.

Counties are required to submit unofficial results from Tuesday’s elections by a noon deadline Saturday.

Source: News Service of Florida