Bernard-Clemens race likely heading to a recountby Andrew Abramson | August 14th, 2012
RIVIERA BEACH — Hours after Jeff Clemens celebrated what he thought was a victory, his State Senate race is likely heading to a recount.
With all of the absentee votes counted and only provisional ballots to go, Clemens is up just 35 votes on Bernard out of more than 24,000 (50.07 percent to 49.93 percent). Both sides say it looks like a recount, which is required when a race is within half a percentage point.
Richard Giorgio, political consultant for Bernard, said his campaign made a huge absentee ballot push in the finals days, which appears to have made a difference. The final two days of absentee ballots were counted in the last hour.
Bernard is at the county’s tabulation center, while Clemens sent consultants.
Giorgio said he thinks a recount would benefit Bernard because it might pick up errors.
“We had a lot of first time voters, and many had never used this ballot style before,” Giorgio said.
Cesar Fernandez, consultant for Clemens, said he doesn’t think a recount would necessarily benefit either side.
“We just have to be patient,” Fernandez said.