MIAMI HERALD: How Nikki Fried became Florida’s agriculture commissioner

Miami Herald: Written by Jose Iglesias. November 18, 2018.

When Nicole “Nikki” Fried went to sleep on Tuesday, Nov. 6, the candidate for agriculture commissioner was behind her opponent, state Rep. Matt Caldwell by half of 1 percent.

She didn’t see the bump in votes she expected from Broward, her home county, and she had a gut feeling that the numbers weren’t right.

“For the next 24 hours, we saw that was the case,” she said in an interview Saturday. “Democracy doesn’t happen overnight.

As thousands of late ballots were tallied, particularly in Broward and Palm Beach counties, the closest of the statewide races to go into a recount flipped a day after the polls closed. She maintained a slim but decisive margin thereafter.

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