At the end of Election Day on Tuesday, Pigman finished less than 30 votes ahead of GOP rival Randy Johnson, prompting a machine recount of the votes in House District 55.
On Saturday, after the ballots were checked and rechecked, Pigman again finished ahead of Johnson — this time by 34 votes — solidifying Pigman’s victory.
Had the machine recount found the difference between Pigman and Johnson to be just 32 votes — or .25% of the total — a hand recount would have been required, said Chris Cate, a spokesman for the Florida Deparment of State.
Johnson’s defeat is a blow to opponents of gaming expansion in Florida as the former State Representative is one of the most outspoken critics of gambling.
District 55 includes a portion of southern St. Lucie County, all of Okeechobee and Glades and part of Highlands County.