CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The final results are in, and the winner of the Cape Coral mayoral race is Marni Sawicki, but the race was close, only separated by 121 votes. Will there be a recall?
Because the margin between the two candidates was .76 percentage points, Supervisor of Elections Sharon Harrington said it does not meet the requirements for a mandatory re-count, but she said either candidate has the right to ask for one.
Incumbent Mayor John Sullivan said recently that he might ask for a re-count, but was waiting for the results to be finalized today. Early numbers showed he trailed Sawicki by 113 votes.
This morning, elections workers went through the ballots. The official results show that gap widened by a handful of votes. Harrington said if Sullivan does want a re-count, he would have to file a request with the Circuit Court and have a judge issue a recount, either by machine or by hand.
"It's up to him. It's absolutely his perogative to do that and we would welcome it if he wants to do it, but then he would have to pay for it," said Harrington.
Harrington said Sullivan has 10 days to decide on a re-count, and he goes for it, Harrington's office would ask for a deposit of at least $1,000.
In 10 days, Sawicki and the other winners of Cape race will be sworn in. Sullivan could not be reached for comment.