Florida Governor's Race Poised for Mandatory Recount

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An automatic machine recount is automatically triggered under Florida law if the margin between two candidates' share of the vote is with 0.5 percent.

Florida law mandates machine recounts if the winning margin is 0.5 percent or less. If that process shows a margin of less than 0.25 percentage points in any federal or state races, then Detzner would order a manual recount of what are known as under votes and over votes that would have to be completed by November 18.

"On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count", said a statement sent by the Gillum campaign Thursday.

A recount is also expected to take place in the Florida governor race between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum.

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


Here is what the Miami Herald could determine: The Herald called election supervisors in all 67 Florida counties Thursday afternoon and was told that at least 8,000 ballots - and possibly many more - remained to be counted across the state. Both are lawyering up and demanding voter information from county election officials as a major recount battle gets underway in Florida.

Nelson lawyer Marc Elias says it's "not appropriate" for a governor to suggest he's going to use his powers to "interject his law enforcement authority to prevent the counting of ballots that have been legally cast".

Standing on the steps of the Governor's Mansion Thursday night, Scott accused Snipes and Palm Beach election supervisor Susan Bucher, both Democrats, of trying to steal the election.

It's unknown how many provisional ballots have been cast statewide in Florida this year. Carrying Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis signs, voters rejected what they see as the supervisor's efforts to "steal the election away".

But in his victory speech, DeSantis talked little about partisan politics and emphasized the need as the state's next governor to work with all Floridians, including those who opposed him. "It makes you wonder what's going on", Scherer said. Secretary of State Ken Detzner has not said whether one will be conducted.


Democrat Nikki Fried clings to a lead of.04 percent over Republican Matt Caldwell in the race for the Cabinet post of agriculture commissioner, or 2,915 votes.

Unusual voting discrepancies were also being reported in Broward County.

"We could not be prouder of the way we ran this race", Gillum said Tuesday night at Florida A&M University, his alma mater.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio released a thread of tweets Thursday, saying there shouldn't still be issues with counting votes in South Florida if the portion of the state that was affected by the hurricane managed to have its votes counted in time. So it may be a while before we know who will represent the voters of the largest congressional district geographically east of the Mississippi. "Nelson is going to be declared the victor and return to the U.S. Senate", Elias said Thursday.

"It was a little dicey at times but I'm really happy about where we are", said state Rep. Byron Donalds. The Senate candidates appeared on the Broward ballot before the candidates for governor. In addition, they offered no explanation for why the alleged problems and continuing vote counts appear to be occurring only in precincts that traditionally skew in favor of Democrats.


Florida was mocked for its handling of the infamous 2000 recount. In the Senate race, Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, is ahead of incumbent Sen. It was not clear Thursday evening whether all of Broward's freshly counted votes were included in the running statewide tally.

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