TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCJB/AP) -- Republican Matt Caldwell's campaign says he will concede to Nikki Fried in the race for Florida Agriculture Commissioner.
The campaign released a statement saying "while I will not serve as Florida's next Commissioner of Agriculture, my campaign was not a loss. Every door knocked, every mile traveled, and every new hand shaken in every corner of the state, has emphasized the immediate and tangible needs of our state's farmers, workers, small business owners, and consumers.
Democrat Nikki Fried tweeted this morning saying, "I just got off the phone with my opponent and he could not have been more gracious. I want to congratulate him on a close race and thank him for his willingness to step into the arena. And to everyone who supported him, I will be your voice in Tallahassee too."
After both machine and manual recounts, Florida's vote count shows a Democrat appears to have narrowly won the race for state agriculture commissioner.
Sunday's results show after a recount Nikki Fried defeated Republican Matt Caldwell by 6,753 votes out of 8 million cast. That's about one vote out of every 2,000 cast.
If the results are certified Tuesday, Fried will replace Republican Adam Putnam in January. He was barred from seeking a third term and ran unsuccessfully for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
The agriculture commissioner also oversees consumer services and runs the concealed weapons permit program.
Fried would replace apparently ousted U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson as the only Florida Democrat holding statewide office. The governor, the other two Cabinet positions and both senators will be Republicans.