Recount likely coming for two Florida races

Democrats expected to pick up governorships but many races are too close to call

Recounts are looking possible in Florida's race for governor and for USA senator, and Gov. Rick Scott is alleging, without evidence, that elections officials in South Florida are trying to "steal" the election for Democrats. If the margin remains under 0.5 percent at that point, then Secretary of State Ken Detzner is required to order the recount.

Election margins below half a percent trigger machine recounts in Florida.

In the Senate race, under votes are ballots in which optical-scanning machines counted a vote for a down-ballot race such as governor or attorney general but not for senator.

Two of the highest profile races in the country - both in Florida - are likely headed to a recount soon.

The complaints come after Scott's lead over Democratic Sen. 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.

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 county has not answered questions about its process and about how many votes it has left to count.

In the governor's race, Democrat Andrew Gillum's campaign said Thursday it's prepared for a possible recount. Nelson's team said it's preparing for a recount and will have observers in every one of the state's 67 counties to monitor the process. For those races that are within.25% after that machine recount, a hand recount would be initiated of ballots marked as undervotes (voters who did not fill out all available choices on the ballot) or overvotes (voters who made more choices than allotted on the ballot).

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

Media captionThe Democratic candidate in Georgia's gubernatorial race will not concede until all the state's votes are counted.

"Every Floridian should be concerned there is rampant fraud in Broward and Palm Beach Counties", Scott said.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott has alleged - without citing evidence - that elections officials in South Florida are trying to "steal" the election for Democrats as razor-thin margins raise the specter of recounts and court battles in the state's races for Senate and governor.

"The goal here is to see that all the votes in Florida are counted and counted accurately". 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.

As of 9 a.m., Republican candidate for governor Ron DeSantis' lead over Andrew Gillum was just 42,948 votes out of 8,189,305 ballots cast - equal to 0.52 percent of the vote.

"There are seven precincts in Broward County where the electronic systems failed and the ballots are being delivered by thumb drive, so the numbers are still up in the air", a spokesman for Nelson's campaign said.

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

They only canvassing 971 provisional ballots in Miami-Dade, with 207 of those accepted.

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.

"I'm unable to provide any identifying information on those persons who have voted a provisional ballot", Corley said, according to the Times. The Scott campaign was swift in attacking Nelson.

It's unknown how many provisional ballots have been cast statewide in Florida this year.

But 22,000 votes still need counting in the tight race between Mr Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams - who has not yet conceded.

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

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