Gov: Governor’s race in Florida could be heading for a recount


Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, conceded to Ron DeSantis, a Republican, late Tuesday night, shortly before The Associated Press called the race for DeSantis.

"On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count", said a statement sent by the Gillum campaign Thursday.

The campaign hired attorney Barry Richard, who represented the Bush campaign during the contentious 2000 presidential election in Florida, who was "monitoring the situation closely and is ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount", Cervone said.

Recounts will take place in Florida, ordered by the secretary of state, in the Senate race between Nelson and Rick Scott, as well as for the agriculture commissioner race.

The recount decision would come this weekend after canvassing boards in Florida's 67 counties certify returns. Rick Scott in his re-election bid by 0.22 percentage points, or 17,344 votes out of more than 8.1 million counted so far. The losing candidate can refuse a recount, but Nicole "Nikki" Fried, the Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner and Bill Nelson, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate don't plan to. Concession speech or no, Florida law requires an automatic machine recount in any race where the margin of victory is within one half of one percentage point.

Media captionThe Democratic candidate in Georgia's gubernatorial race will not concede until all the state's votes are counted.

As additional votes were tallied following the general election, DeSantis' lead narrowed to 0.47 percent, according to the most recent unofficial election results from the Florida Division of Elections as of Thursday afternoon.

On Wednesday evening, Gillum tweeted that he was "looking forward to seeing every vote counted".

November 20: Official results from counties are certified by the state.

According to the Broward County Supervisor of Elections website, 695,799 ballots were cast.

Democrats in three statewide races narrowed their deficits to Republican opponents as more ballots were counted Thursday, potentially setting up a lengthy recount process.

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

Provisional ballots are given to voters because their eligibility to vote is challenged for some reason - perhaps they have an address discrepancy, or they forgot their ID.

The Republican Party had no immediate response to the developments, but Mr. Scott's campaign said bluntly that Mr. Elias was launching an effort to steal the election.

"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.

Marc Elias, a Washington lawyer on Nelson's team, said the candidate was demanding a recount.

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

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

Elias said historically, recounts tend to pick up more Democratic votes, even in GOP-dominated counties, though he added even Miami-Dade has a history of rejecting more mail-in ballots from African American and Hispanic voters than whites.

"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.

Just hours after the Florida Supreme Court ordered the recount, the U.S. Supreme Court suspended it. "The Florida election map is changing under Trump".