One day after un-conceding the election, defeated Democrat candidate for Florida governor Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum will hold a rally at a Broward County church Sunday evening sponsored by leftist political groups in support of the recount efforts that could upend the election day victory of Republican candidate Ron DeSantis. The rally is being called, “Count Every Vote: A Faith Response to the Florida Recount”.
Gillum rescinded his election-night concession in an address to the media Saturday.
"In America, we count every vote": Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for Florida governor, has withdrawn his concession as the race heads to a recount. https://t.co/S43eTgI0fr pic.twitter.com/rCcA1kyXaI
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 10, 2018
Gillum will be the first major candidate involved in Florida’s statewide mandatory recounts to hold an event to agitate supporters. DeSantis has issued a video statement but made no public appearances. Senate candidate Republican Gov. Rick Scott has spoken to the press and done interviews while Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson has issued a statement and a video. The Agriculture commissioner race is also under a mandatory recount but is not as controversial as the governor or Senate races.
The Gillum rally will be held at 5 p.m. EST at the New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale. It is co-sponsored by several leftist groups including the Dream Defenders, SEIU and the NAACP.
Gillum and the church promoted the rally on Twitter:
Join us TODAY at 5pm❗A Faith Response to the Florida Recount. Special Guest MAYOR ANDREW GILLUM. Plan to attend, see you there! #NMOBC #everyvotecounts #FortLauderdale #sharetagrepost @marcusddavidson pic.twitter.com/NOO4aeo8vm
— New Mt Olive Baptist (@newmtolive) November 11, 2018
DeSantis video statement released Saturday:
BREAKING — After days of silence, DeSantis issues a statement on the unofficial vote tallies and recount orders https://t.co/kzrD905fGU
— Samantha-Jo Roth (@SamanthaJoRoth) November 10, 2018
Scott interview from Sunday morning:
ICYMI, I joined Chris Wallace this morning to talk about our great win on Tuesday and how Bill Nelson is trying to steal this election from the people of Florida. https://t.co/qmCY2RcV3c
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) November 11, 2018
The latest vote tally going into the recounts:
Florida Gov. Rick Scott: 4,098,107 (50.07%)
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson: 4,085,545(49.92%)
Nelson down 12,562 or .15%
Ron DeSantis: 4,075,879 (49.59%)
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum: 4,042,195 (49.18%)
Gillum down 33,684 or .41% pic.twitter.com/WwJRQWoVoV
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) November 10, 2018