WATCH: Andrew Gillum Withdraws Concession, Tells Bethel AME Church ‘Final Count is Not Done’ in Florida Governor’s Race

Mayor Andrew Gillum speaks at Bethel AME Church, asking for continued prayer and support as the race for Florida Governor continues, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: Alicia Devine/Democrat)

Andrew Gillum and his supporters Sunday prayed for a miracle, or, given the math at hand, the recount equivalent of winning the lottery with a quick-pick ticket.

The Tallahassee Mayor trails Republican Ron DeSantis by 33,684 votes in the race to be governor. A machine recount of votes is underway.

“The final count is not done. Let’s be clear about that,” said Gillum at the Sunday services at the Bethel AME Church in Tallahassee.

On Saturday Gillum had pulled back his Election night concession and the congratulations he had sent to DeSantis.

And then at a church service billed as a celebration of his political legacy – the first African-American to capture a major Florida party nomination and the most votes a Democratic candidate for governor had ever received – Gillum may have foreshadowed a lengthy post-election fight while he laid out his new mission.

The task at hand, he said in a 14-minute talk punctuated with standing ovations and shouts of encouragement, is to ensure that every legally cast vote in the midterm election is counted.

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“We are not talking about new votes; we are not talking about miracle votes; we are not talking about votes out of thin air, we are talking about the people,” said Gillum, firing up his audience into what seemed would be a crescendo but subsided into silence.

“They did their civic responsibility and showed up under the premise their vote will be counted, and now it is our job to ensure that every single one of their votes be counted,” said Gillum to a hushed audience of nearly 200 congregants, many wearing Gillum paraphernalia. “That is what the democratic process is about.”

But Gillum faces long odds in overcoming the DeSantis lead.

Recounts don’t move the vote count much and very rarely do they change election night results. Fairvote.org found 27 recounts in 4,687 general elections between 2000 and 2015. A recount changed the winner three times.

The machine recount needs to narrow DeSantis’ lead by about 15,000 votes to force a mandated hand recount of over and undervote ballots.

If one occurs, results would be due in Tallahassee by Saturday.

DeSantis appears unworried about losing the lead.

Unlike Gillum and the contestants in the other two races under a recount, U.S. Senate and Agriculture Commissioner, DeSantis called the election night results, “clear and unambiguous.”

The Republican Party refers to DeSantis as “Governor-elect” and the former congressman has formed a transition team while he prepares to take office in January.

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SOURCE: USA Today; Tallahassee Democrat, James Call