TAMPA, Fla. — Florida is on recount watch today. The Florida Secretary of State has ordered recounts in the U.S. Senate and governor races on Saturday after the unofficial race results from each county were submitted to the state.
All 67 Florida counties had until 12 p.m. Saturday to to report their full tally of votes.
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Secretary Ken Detzner issued the order after the unofficial results in both races fell within the margin that by law triggers a recount. His office was unaware of any other time either a governor race or U.S. Senate race required a recount, let alone both in the same election.
The unofficial results show that Republican former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis led Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by 0.41 percentage points.
In the Senate race, Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson is 0.14 percentage points.
Detzner ordered machine recounts in both races. Once completed, if the difference in the races are at 0.25 percentage points or below, a hand recount will be ordered, said Department of State spokeswoman Sarah Revell.
A recount is also being conducted in the agriculture commissioner race. Democrat Nikki Fried had a 0.07 percentage point lead over Republican state Rep. Matt Caldwell.
After the recount was issued, Gillum withdrew his concession in the gubernatorial race.
"I am replacing my earlier concession with an unapologetic and uncompromised call to count every vote," Gillum tweeted.
Saturday’s development’s return Florida to the center of a major political drama 18 years after an infamous presidential recount left control of the White House undecided for more than a month.
On Friday, the Broward County Supervisor of Elections was found in violation of Florida Public Records Law for not turning over all information on ballots cast to the Scott Campaign.
A judge ordered Brenda Snipes, the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, to turn over a breakdown of votes by category. Lawyers for Scott rushed to court Friday claiming election officials in Broward and Palm Beach counties violated the law while counting ballots.
The latest recount underscores the deep divides plaguing one of the most critical states in American politics.
Beyond determining the governorship, it will decide whether Nelson returns to Washington for a fourth term or whether Republicans will pad their majority in the Senate.
Florida’s 67 counties will decide when to begin the recounts. They could start the moment Detzner issued his order, or elections officials can wait until Sunday or Monday. But they must finish the machine recounts by 3 p.m. Thursday.
The battle for Nelson’s Senate seat has been much more heated, with both sides filing lawsuits. Scott has said Nelson is trying to steal the election, while Nelson is accusing Scott of trying to stop elections officials from counting every ballot.
Right now, Scott's lead has shrunk to 12,562 votes.
- Saturday, November 10, at noon: All counties must report their vote totals and the machine recount will start.
- Thursday, November 15: The machine recount numbers are due. Any races that are within a quarter of a percentage point will go to a hand recount.
- Sunday, November 18: The hand recount numbers must be in.
- Tuesday, November 20: By state law, the results of the election must be certified.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.