TAMPA, Fla. - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink told a crowd of supporters there would be no winner announced Tuesday night.
In fact, it was early Wednesday morning before Sink took to the podium inside downtown Tampa's Marriott Waterside ballroom. She said the race between her and Republican rival Rick Scott was just too close to call.
"We're Floridians," she told a crowd of cheering supporters. "If there's anything we know, it's that every vote counts."
Sink's campaign staff said the candidate and her family retired for the evening around 12:30. Spokesperson Dan McLaughlin described the number of votes separating Scott and Sink as "razor thin."
"It's too close to call," he told a crowd of reporters after Sink's brief speech.
As of 2:00 Wednesday morning, Sink and Scott were split by approximately 70,000 votes, or about one percentage point, with "hundreds of thousands of votes" still outstanding, Sink said. Earlier in the evening, Scott had led by as much as six percentage points.
The campaign said it would release more information in the morning, after the final votes were counted. Sink previously said she is ready for the possibility of a recount. Under Florida law, an electronic recount is mandatory if the candidates are within 1/2 of 1-percent of each other.