Florida Governor Race Headed for Recount

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"On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count", Johanna Cervone, communications director for Gillum's campaign, said in a statement on Thursday before the automatic recount was triggered. "Our campaign, along with our attorney Barry Richard, is monitoring the situation closely and is ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount".

Florida law requires a recount in races in which the winning margin is 0.5 percent or less, unless the trailing candidate says in writing that he or she doesn't want a recount. In the meantime, a few remaining county elections supervisors are feverishly reviewing any vote-by-mail ballots they have not yet counted. Bill Nelson against Republican Rick Scott seemed to be heading for a recount, which is automatically triggered when the vote difference is less than 0.5 percent.

If the margin of victory is less than or equal to 0.25 percent, state law requires the recount to be conducted by hand.

The razor-thin margins in the races of U.S. Senate, agriculture commissioner and a few local races have further narrowed overnight, and the state is gearing up for recounts.

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

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

The Sunshine State is no stranger to lengthy post-election battles.

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According to the Broward County Supervisor of Elections website, 695,799 ballots were cast. DeSantis holds a lead of 38,613 votes out of more than 8.2 million ballots counted - a margin of 0.47 percentage points.

This means the margin is close enough to trigger a machine recount.

In the Senate race, under votes are ballots in which optical-scanning machines counted a vote for a down-ballot race such as governor or attorney general but not for senator.

Elias also stressed anyone who filed a provisional ballot should contact their supervisors of elections office by 5 p.m. Thursday to fix any issues with the ballot and make sure it would be counted.

November 16: Overseas and military ballots, which traditionally trend Republican, will be counted.

The most high-profile recount possibility so far, however, is in the Senate race.

The Florida senate campaigns were one of the most expensive this election season, with over $96m (£73m) spent in total. Between provisional and other late ballots, it might be this weekend before results are in.

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"By releasing information for those who completed a provisional ballot, it may be possible to determine how that individual cast their ballot in specific contests, thereby violating both Florida Statutes and the Florida Constitution with their right to cast a secret ballot", he said.

Broward officials, however, had not counted mail-ins, early-voting ballots, provisionals nor overseas ballots, according to the state elections site.

"I believe Sen. Nelson will prevail", Elias said.

Election officials in other Florida counties may have disclosed the identities of which voters cast provisional ballots, however.

At the same time, the U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott remained too close to call, and Nelson's elections lawyer predicted it would be a "jump ball" as it became more likely there would be a recount in that race.

"We're doing this not just because it's automatic, but we're doing it to win", Elias said in a statement to the Times.

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