WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Keith James was declared the winner Friday in a machine recount of the West Palm Beach mayoral race.
James had declared victory over Commissioner Paula Ryan on Tuesday after getting 50.38 percent of the vote to her 29 percent.
A canvasing board met Friday morning and decided to hold the recount, to which both candidates agreed.
The recount started just after 1 p.m. Friday.
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"We're all looking for voter confidence, and there's a reason that the statute says that it's within a half a percent," Link told WPTV on Friday. "And that's so people feel confident that there was nothing miscounted. And so hopefully by doing this, it will give everyone the confidence they need to be able to move forward."
James released this statement Friday regarding the recount:
Jason Blank, the attorney for Paula Ryan's campaign, issued this statement regarding the recount: