AP closely monitoring Florida governor’s race

AP closely monitoring Florida governor’s race

AP closely monitoring Florida governor’s race

In a statement Thursday, Gillum's campaign says it underestimated the ballots that still needed to be counted when he conceded.

Gillum's campaign said it's monitoring the situation with an elections lawyer and preparing for a possible state-mandated recount.

"The recounts will be nationally watched", Florida Secretary of State Keb Detzner said to county supervisors of elections in a conference call, according to the Tampa Bay Times. In the meantime, a few remaining county elections supervisors are feverishly reviewing any vote-by-mail ballots they have not yet counted. Under state law, elections must be machine-recounted if a candidate wins by less than 0.5 percent of the total vote.

At least two other races are also likely to be subject to a recount, including the Senate race between Gov. Rick Scott (R) and incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson. A margin of 0.25 or less would trigger a hand recount.

At the same time, Democrat Nikki Fried took the lead over Republican Matt Caldwell by 564 votes in the race for agriculture commissioner, which is also headed to a manual recount.

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.

But 22,000 votes still need counting in the tight race between Mr Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams - who has not yet conceded. "We are committed to ensuring every single vote in Florida is counted".

County election officials have until noon on November 10 to report unofficial results to the state.

In a call with reporters Thursday, Nelson lawyer Marc Elias said that the race now stands as a "jump ball" as counties around the state canvass their votes, but he believes Nelson will remain senator once the recount dust settles. A recount is automatically triggered if the margin drops below 0.5 points.

Floridians have until 5 p.m. today to make sure any "provisional vote" they might have signed (due to mismatching signatures or IDs) is counted.

"Rick Scott will be the next U.S. Senator from the state of Florida".

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

"Voters in white working-class areas are becoming more conservative - and hard-line conservative - and more Republican-aligned", Isbell said".

The Florida senate campaigns were one of the most expensive this election season, with over $96m (£73m) spent in total.

"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.

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

It's unknown how many provisional ballots have been cast statewide in Florida this year. And Nelson, who has been in a recount since Wednesday, has already begun marshalling voters with provisional ballots, hoping to "cure", or correct, discrepancies that reinstate their vote and help chip away the narrow gap between him and Scott. But Elias said that there were significant disparities even between congressional districts in the county meant the issue could be with voting machines. Folks who lived through the 2000 election are going into dissociative fugue states.

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