Florida Senate, governor's races head for recount

Florida Senate, governor's races head for recount

Florida's gubernatorial race, between Republican Ron DeSeantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum, is also going to a recount-in this case because the margin was less than 0.5 points. Under Florida law, a 0.5-point vote margin prompts a machine recount.

In yet a third statewide seat - the Cabinet position of agriculture commissioner - the candidates were separated by 483 votes out of more than 8 million cast - a margin of 0.006 percent.

If the gap between totals after a machine recount falls with 0.25 percent of the vote, then a manual recount will be required by law.

In a statement Thursday, Gillum's campaign says it underestimated the ballots that still needed to be counted when he conceded.

"Our campaign, along with our attorney Barry Richard, is monitoring the situation closely and is ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount", she continued.

Detzner told county election officials on November 8 to prepare for statewide recounts, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

Democratic legal teams kicked into action Thursday in Florida, demanding a recount they insist will ultimately declare Democratic Sen.

Nelson's campaign has hired a lawyer to oversee the continuing process of vote counting in Broward.

Scott's lawsuit against the Palm Beach County supervisor, filed in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court, in part, alleges that his campaign representative was not allowed to witness the process by which elections staff create true duplicates of any ballots that may have been damaged.

Broward, Florida's second-largest county, is a Democratic stronghold, and the tally favored Democrats by a margin of two-to-one. "Florida voted for Rick Scott!". If the margin of victory is under one-quarter of a percentage point, a hand recount is ordered. "Come on", said a Republican official in Florida.

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But Elias said showing identification increases the chances that the ballots will be counted.

Nikki Fried leads Matt Caldwell by just 575 votes, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

Currently, Scott has a narrow lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, with only 15,000 votes separating the two.

"We will count as many as we can", said Sarasota County Elections Supervisor Ron Turner, who serves on the board with Sarasota County Commission Chair Nancy Detert and Sarasota County Judge Phyllis Galen. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, tens of thousands of ballots still need to be counted in the tight race. They had counted more than 695,700 ballots counted by early Thursday morning.

"I'm confident that they're going to see about a 3 percent increase in the vote for Senate", he said.

"I just recommend that people are patient and trust your supervisors and their staffs are doing their job as best they can", said Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley.

Here's what will happen with those "under votes": All counties must submit their unofficial results to the state on Saturday.

When Florida became the center of world attention after the deadlocked 2000 presidential election, Republicans moved with greater speed and aggressiveness - and Democrats didn't forget it. "We do not let people seize ballots when they think they're losing". "Nelson is going to be declared the victor and is going to return to the United States Senate", he said.

Scherer stood watch over an afternoon meeting of the canvassing board in Fort Lauderdale, where vote-counting continues in the county that's most crucial to Nelson's hopes - Broward, where he got 69 percent of the vote.

"A significant number of ballots have not yet been counted and, because of the size of Florida, we believe the results of the election are unknown and require a recount", Elias said in a statement Wednesday.

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