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Major Florida races will go to machine recount, secretary of state says

Posted: 2:02 PM, Nov 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-12 12:53:59Z
Major Florida races to be recounted

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the potential recounts in Florida’s U.S. Senate and governor elections (all times local):

UPDATE: 4:40 p.m. The recount will begin at 5 p.m. The recounts will occur in the following order: Senate, Governor, Commissioner of Agriculture, and District 89.

4:30 p.m. 

Ron DeSantis released a video message following the recount order. He said in part, "I am honored by the trust Floridians have placed in me to serve as your next governor." 

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3:00 p.m. 

In a press conference, Andrew Gillum said, "Let me say clearly: I am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromised, and unapologetic call that we count every single vote." 

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Unofficial election results showed Republican former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis ahead of Gillum by less than 0.5 percentage points. Under state law, such a margin requires a machine recount of ballots.

2:56 p.m. 

Bill Nelson issued the following statement following the order. 

“This process is about one thing: making sure every legal ballot is counted and protecting the right of every Floridian to participate in our democracy. Since Tuesday, the gap has shrunk from roughly 60,000 votes to about 12,500 – the margin has reduced by 78 percent and is now roughly .15 percent. We have every expectation the recount will be full and fair and will continue taking action to ensure every vote is counted without interference or efforts to undermine the democratic process. We believe when every legal ballot is counted we’ll win this election."

2:09 p.m. 

Following the announcement of the machine recount, President Donald Trump tweeted his thoughts. 

 

 

1:55 p.m. 

The Florida secretary of state is ordering recounts in the U.S. Senate and governor races, an unprecedented review of two major races in the state that took five weeks to decide the 2000 presidential election.

Secretary Ken Detzner issued the order on Saturday after the unofficial results in both races fell within the margin that by law triggers a recount.

The unofficial results show that Republican former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis led Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by less than 0.5 percentage points, which will require a machine recount of ballots.

In the Senate race, Republican Gov. Rick Scott's lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson is less than 0.25 percentage points, which will require a hand recount of ballots from tabulation machines that couldn't determine which candidate got the vote.

12:40 p.m.

The deadline to submit unofficial vote tallies in Florida’s election has passed.

County elections supervisors had until noon Saturday to submit results. Now the state must announce whether recounts are needed in the U.S. Senate and governor races.

As the deadline arrived, Republican former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis led Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by less than 0.5 percentage points in the governor’s race, which would require a machine recount of ballots.

In the Senate race, Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson was less than 0.25 percentage points, which would require a hand recount of ballots in which tabulation machines couldn’t detect a vote.