Ron DeSantis is Florida’s next governor. Margin barely budges after machine recount. FUCK OFF CORRUPT DIMMS. Ron DeSantis is Florida’s next governor. Margin barely budges after machine recount. BY EMILY L. MAHONEY Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau November 15, 2018 05:59 PM Updated 4 hours 39 minutes ago TALLAHASSEE Nine days after Election Day, and one machine recount later, it is all but official: Ron DeSantis is Florida’s next governor. The results of the statewide machine recount, which rolled by the Thursday 3 p.m. deadline, solidified what most already knew, as DeSantis has already busied himself with transitioning to power and creating a new government. In the governor’s race, it was an anticlimactic finish to the dramatic machine recount — plagued with technical issues and an avalanche of lawsuits — with almost no change in the margin between DeSantis and his Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum, since this weekend. Still, about 0.41 percentage points separate the two candidates, or just under 34,000 votes. Just after the results were released, DeSantis sent a statement to reporters declaring victory — once again.