Below is an email Rep. Chris Dorworth sent to Republican members of the Florida House of Representatives this afternoon:
From: Chris Dorworth
Date: Friday, November 9, 2012 2:40 PM
To: Chris Dorworth
Subject: With great appreciation
To my friends and colleagues in the Republican caucus of the Florida House:
Five years ago, I was given one of the greatest honors of my life when the voters of house district 34 elected me in a special election. Two and a half years later, my classmates in the class of 2008 chose me to serve as the leader of their class.
The faith and confidence of the voters, and the friendship and loyalty of our membership are things that I will never forget.
As you have no doubt read or heard, I wound up on the down side of a thirty-seven vote deficit on Election Day. Yesterday, that deficit grew by eighty-six, so it does not appear that I will be a member of the Florida House any more. The deficit is small – around 123 votes out of 73,000+ cast, which is a deficit of .16%.
While there will be recounts, I’ve been around long enough to know that they rarely result in a difference of meaningful numbers of votes. So while we will exercise our right to have these recounts, I do not anticipate that they will change the outcome of this race. That said, due to the extraordinarily close nature of the race, I believe it is worth the time and energy to undertake a further review of all ballots to make sure that everything went as we believe it did.
I am extraordinarily proud of the work we have done over my five years in the legislature. Having reflected on my tenure there, I believe there are only two votes in five years that I really regret – the tobacco tax vote of 2009 and our decision to increase fees on Floridians that same year. The thousands of others were votes that I believe were in the best interest of the state, and would take them again without hesitation or reservation, regardless of consequence.