Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Florida faces prospect of recounts in governor, Senate races

Florida faces prospect of recounts in governor, Senate races

Florida requires an automatic machine recount if the candidates are within half a point of each other - and a hand recount if the diffence between the candidates is less than 0.25 percent.

The race for Agriculture Commissioner and U.S. Senate also appear headed for recounts, although those races are closer and could force the state to conduct recounts by hand, which is required when the margins between two candidates are within a quarter of a percent. Scott's election night 56,000 victory over Nelson shrank to just over 17,000 votes - within the.25 percent margin that sparks a manual recount - by Thursday afternoon.

Gillum's campaign is now hedging on their candidate's Tuesday night concession of the race to DeSantis. Rubio said Snipes' failure to count all ballots in a more timely manner violates state law.

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

Scherer said it appears both sides would have lawyers in all 67 counties in anticipation of recounts that may begin as soon as Sunday and continue on Monday, Veterans' Day - a state holiday.

The tide turned Thursday when Caldwell was down by more than 500 votes and Fried had pulled ahead, according to the Florida Division of Elections' unofficial election night results. He's the lone statewide Democratic officeholder in Florida. But DeSantis' victory margin has since dropped to.52 percentage points - a mere two-hundredths of a point shy of the recount threshold. Governing is about getting things done on behalf of the people of Florida, keeping our economy going, improving our water quality and environment, promoting public safety and expanding educational opportunities.

State officials said they can't extend the deadlines. "We're going to fight", he said.

They could, however, be decisive in the agriculture-commissioner race, in which Democrat Nikki Fried held a slim lead of almost 3,000 votes over Republican Matt Caldwell.

"Every Floridian should be concerned there is rampant fraud in Broward and Palm Beach Counties", Scott said.

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Both Nelson and Scott had observers watching Sarasota County's provisional ballot count, with Democratic state Rep. Margaret Good representing Nelson and newly elected Sarasota County Commissioner Christian Ziegler representing Scott.

"Even before the election, we knew that, mysteriously, they would find more ballots".

More than 48 hours after the country concluded the midterm elections, it's still unknown who will be Florida's next U.S. senator, governor and agriculture commissioner, or how long it will be before those pronouncements can be made.

"At this point, I'm not prepared to say Sen".

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. Since 2000, when Florida decided the presidency by 537 votes in a contest that took more than five weeks to sort out, the state has seen many close elections, but never so many dead heats in one year. They had counted more than 695,700 ballots counted by early Thursday morning.

In Miami-Dade, only provisional and overseas ballots remained uncounted.

Republican senate candidate Rick Scott and Democratic incumbent Sen. He also vowed to have the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigate the Supervisor of Elections in Broward and Palm Beach counties because he said votes there are still being discovered and have not been counted.

"The results of the 2018 Senate election are unknown and I think that you and the elections officials should treat it as such", Elias told reporters on a conference call.

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