The race for Florida’s 13th Congressional District is headed for a recount. When all the votes were tabulated early this morning (Wednesday) Republican Vern Buchanan led Democrat Christine Jennings by 368 votes. That’s a margin of just three-tenths of one-percent. Florida law mandates a manual recount in such a close race.
That was not the only problem for the Christine Jennings campaign. For most of the day they heard anecdotal reports of people having trouble voting for her. They would punch her name into the touch screen machine, but not see it when it came time to confirm their choice. Jennings told supporters this was no time to concede the race.
“Right now the most important thing, and I believe that my opponent would agree, is to make sure that the right of Florida voters are protected and that every vote is counted.”
Sarasota Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent is expected to convene the canvassing board later today to conduct the recount. While there are absentee ballots to review, all other votes were done electronically, leaving no paper trail.
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00
Buchanan Jennings RaceWritten by WGCU Newsroom