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Three Florida races could result in a recount, including senate

Posted at 6:33 AM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-08 06:33:35-05

Three big races in Florida may trigger a recount following the midterm election.


For a recount to be ordered by the Secretary of State, there has to be less than a half percent margin of victory.


There will be a machine recount if there is between 0.50% and 0.26% difference.

In that case, election officials have to make sure voting machines are working before rescanning every ballot.


If the difference is 0.25% or less, every single vote will be counted by hand.


As of Thursday morning, less than 22,000 votes separate Governor Rick Scott and his democratic opponent, Senator Bill Nelson in the Senate race.


In the state's agriculture commissioner race, just over 4,000 votes separate Matt Caldwell and Nikki Fried.


The Governor's race is not in the range for a recount but it's still possible.

Right now, 47,000 votes separate republican Ron Desantis and democrat Andrew Gillum.


It's going to be a busy few days for workers inside election offices across the state.

Right now, they are still counting hundreds of overseas, provisional and mail-in ballots.


In fact, Broward county and Palm Beach county have not tallied up all of their mail-in ballots.

Broward is also not finished counting early voting ballots.


They are both predominantly democratic counties, meaning their results could flip the results.


At this time, it's important to note that no recounts have been ordered yet because counties are still finalizing their vote counts.


Every county must send unofficial results to the state by noon on Saturday.