MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A hand recount will occur Thursday in the race for Florida Senate District 37 after a machine recount found a difference of just 21 votes between Republican Ileana Garcia and Democrat Jose Javier Rodriguez.
According to Miami-Dade Elections Department spokeswoman Suzy Trutie, a machine recount for vote-by-mail and Election Day ballots was completed on Tuesday. A machine recount is triggered if the vote difference is one-half of one percent (0.5%).READ MORE: Lines Of Mourners Pay Their Respects Sunday For Gabby Petito
A machine recount for early voting happened on Wednesday.
Since the vote difference was less than one-quarter of one percent (0.25%) it triggered the hand recount.READ MORE: Blue Alert Issued Out Of North Florida County For Patrick McDowell, Accused Of Murdering Deputy During Traffic Stop
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Jose Javier Rodriguez has held the State Senate seat since 2016.
Garcia is a former Department of Homeland Security deputy press secretary in the Trump administration. She also founded Latinas for Trump.MORE NEWS: Facing South Florida: 1-On-1 With Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava
The district represents areas including Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest.