MIAMI (CBSMiami) – In one of the tightest political races in recent memory, Republican Ileana Garcia was declared the winner of her race with Democrat Jose Javier Rodriguez Thursday afternoon after a hand recount for Florida Senate District 37.
A machine recount found a difference of just 21 votes between Republican Ileana Garcia and Democrat Jose Javier Rodriguez.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Police Officer Arrested On Domestic Violence Charge
In a statement, Senator-elect Garcia writes:
“I’m deeply humbled by the final outcome of this election. I’m committed to take to Tallahassee the concerns of the residents of District 37 and I will work diligently on their behalf to make the American Dream a possibility for every hard-working family in our community.”
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: Bodies Of 2 Girls Found In Same Lauderhill Canal Just Hours Apart
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.
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: Miami Beach Will Stop Enforcing New 2 A.M. Last Call In South Beach
The district represents areas including Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest.