Governor's race in machine recount; Senate's, Ag Commissioner's in hand recount

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The Gillum campaign also thinks that if an automatic recount is triggered in the governor race, provisional ballots will be essential. If the margin is within 0.25%, as it stood Thursday in the Senate race, a hand recount - slower and more thorough than by machine - is ordered. Dana Young, R-Tampa, trailed Democratic challenger Janet Cruz on Wednesday morning by a margin of 50.07 percent to 49.93 percent, the state Division of Elections website showed. The Republican candidates' leads in both contests are narrowing as votes continue to be counted.

Florida State University election law professor Michael Morley says that a recount could result in a different outcome once all the votes are certified. The initial vote count won't be finalized until Saturday at noon.

In a statement from Nelson's office, the longtime incumbent said Scott had prematurely declared victory in the race, which CNN has not yet called.

He won with a 49.8 percent lead and 4,046,020 votes, despite Gillum consistently polling higher in the weeks prior to the election.

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And now, two days after the election, the race between Gillum and Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis will nearly certainly go to a recount as well. "We believe that at the end of this process that Senator Nelson is going to be declared the victor".

Nelson was been viewed as one of the more vulnerable Democrats thanks to the formidable challenge from Scott, a multimillionaire businessman who has poured more than $60 million of his own fortune into his campaign.

"We expect the supervisors, regardless of their party affiliation, will discharge their constitutional duties", said Marc Elias, Democrats' top election attorney, who's representing Nelson.

In the case of Florida still counting ballots more than 48 hours after polls closed, David Becker, the executive director for the Center for Election Innovation and Research, told NPR it is extremely common for a voting jurisdiction to be taking as long as Broward County is. But the vote gap between them has only narrowed since then, as the state's largest counties have continued to tally ballots that were mailed in or cast on a provisional basis on Election Day.

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Broward County - a Democratic stronghold - could play a starring role in the recount drama with lingering questions about tens of thousands of ballots with votes for governor but no vote for Senate.

Meanwhile, voters lined up outside Snipes' office said their votes had not been counted.

Republican former Rep. Ron DeSantis, a strong ally of President Trump, beat Mr. Gillum, the left-wing mayor of Tallahassee, in the unofficial results and Mr. Gillum conceded shortly before midnight last Tuesday. "They have been very clear they aren't here to make sure every vote is counted", he said in another one.

Ballots from overseas military personnel and their spouses could be another factor in the race. If the gap falls to less than a quarter of a percentage point, a hand recount is required. For the record most times election results are not overturned - but this is Florida. Provisional ballots are given to voters who don't have proper ID or whose names don't show up on the rolls at the precinct. Analysts later said the new redesign may have confused voters and probably cost Gore votes.

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Scott's lawsuit against the Palm Beach County supervisor, filed in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court, in part, alleges that his campaign representative was not allowed to witness the process by which elections staff create true duplicates of any ballots that may have been damaged. "The ones that are accepted will all be opened and we'll tabulate those tonight to add to the count".

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