Gilbert Projected Winner Over Fulton in Miami-Dade Commission District 1 Race

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Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert edged ahead in a tight race to become the projected winner in the battle for Miami-Dade Commission District 1.

Gilbert defeated activist Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, by just 331 votes with all precincts reporting.

Gilbert, who is currently in his second term as mayor, has been in local politics for years and was running on his record and experience.

Fulton has never held an elected position before, though she is a career county employee. Fulton is a well-known activist and has gained recognition on the national stage and support from big names in politics like Hillary Clinton. 

There was a lot of money that went into this tight race. Mayor Gilbert raised more than $1 million for his campaign. 

Gilbert told NBC 6 Tuesday night he was anxiously watching the results and said this tight race highlights why every vote matters.

“I’m going to talk about the value of a vote,” Gilbert said. He said he spoke to a young man outside a polling location Tuesday about the importance of registering.

"Sometimes we take for granted that our voice -- when combined and aggregated to others -- could actually transform an entire county or country, but it takes that one vote adding itself to another one," he told the voter.

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