Florida's US Senate race is too close to call

Republicans Score Major Upsets in Florida

Republicans Score Major Upsets in Florida

If the machine recount shows a margin of 0.25 percent or less, the ballots will be manually recounted.

In Broward County, he said, there were already signs that ballots may have been improperly read by tabulating machines, which could be revealed with a recount.

In Arizona, another tight senate race has yet to conclude - and the state's Republican party is now suing over how some counties handle mail-in ballots, U.S. media report.

A similar situation is underway just one state over, in Georgia, where a razor-thin margin between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp has prevented Abrams from formally conceding. But recounts can lead to surprising results.

Gillum conceded on election night, but as the vote margin began to narrow, he said he wanted to see every vote counted, strongly indicating he would not stand in the way of a recount.

Rick Scott, following announcement that he filed a lawsuit as Senate race appears headed for recount: "No ragtime group of liberal activists or lawyers from DC will be allowed to steal this election from the voters in this great state". If the margins remain under the 0.5 percent threshold, recounts must be ordered under state law.

The Florida Division of Elections shows Ron DeSantis now leading Andrew Gillum, 49.62 percent to 49.15 percent. "Nelson will be declared the victor and will be returned to the Senate", Mr. Elias said.

Voters who cast provisional ballots have until Thursday at 5 p.m.to verify their ID or provide other data to county officials to make their ballots count.

Marc Elias, attorney for the Nelson campaign, said Thursday that the race was far from over.

Florida's secretary of state has yet to announce a recount.

"We all know what is going on. their goal is to keep mysteriously finding more votes until the election turns out the way they want", Scott said.

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With statewide turnout about 62 percent, Scott pulled in strong vote totals across reliably red counties in suburban Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa.

The perpetually mismanaged elections office in Broward County, led by embattled Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, is in the hot seat once again: Snipes, who was found to have violated federal law in 2016 by deleting ballots that were the subject of a lawsuit, now says she has no clue how many ballots might be left to count in Broward County. However, according to the Tallahassee Democrat, White House reporter April Ryan's sources have told her the actual vote difference between the men is only 15,000.

DeSantis' lead over Democrat Andrew Gillum had slipped overnight to 36,211 votes ealy Friday morning. "We are committed to ensuring every single vote in Florida is counted".

The official certification of the elections is to take place November 20, when the state's elections canvassing commission meets.

Scott's campaign responded by accusing Nelson of trying to "steal" the election.

The center of Democratic voting concerns are in Broward County, the second most populous county in Florida, where lawyers believe there is an issue with how voters were calculated for Nelson.

As of Wednesday morning, DeSantis led Gillum by 43,039 votes out of almost 8.2 million cast, or a difference of 0.526 percentage points.

Nelson was been viewed as one of the more vulnerable Democrats thanks to the formidable challenge from Scott, a former hospital chain CEO who has poured more than $60 million of his own fortune into his campaign. "Nelson will prevail in a recount", he said.

Election officials in other Florida counties may have disclosed the identities of which voters cast provisional ballots, however.

He added: "We're doing this not just because it's automatic, but we're doing it to win".

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