Three state-wide contests in Florida, including the closely watched Senate race, are headed for history-making recounts, election officials confirmed Saturday, with Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s lead over Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in the marquee contest shrinking to just 12,562 votes out of nearly 8.2 million cast.
The .15 percent margin is narrow enough to not only trigger a machine recount, which by law must be completed by Thursday, but will likely result in a hand-recount across the state – a complicated logistical task in the nation’s biggest battleground state.
The new tally in the governor’s race was not quite as close but also met the threshold for a voting machine recount. Numbers posted on the state election website showed Republican Ron DeSantis leading Democrat Andrew Gillum by 33,684 votes.
President Donald Trump immediately weighed in on Twitter, reiterating his unsubstiated allegations of voter fraud. “Trying to STEAL two big elections in Florida! We are watching closely!”
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