TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Three Florida races could be headed for a recount.
In the Senate race, only about 17,000 votes separate Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla. from Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. as of Thursday evening – a margin of 0.18 percent. The margin in the race for governor is shrinking as well, with less than 40,000 votes separating Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum.
That’s it. The Orange County canvassing board is finished. New, unofficial, numbers will be posted tomorrow morning. Then sent to Tallahassee. pic.twitter.com/VJAhmhmiPG— Christopher Heath (@CHeathWFTV) November 8, 2018
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The race for Florida commissioner of agriculture is also too close to call, and getting even closer. The race flipped Thursday afternoon, putting Democrat Nikki Fried ahead of Republican Matt Caldwell by just 564 votes.
Crews spent the day Thursday making sure every provisional ballot was counted. People with a provisional ballot had until 5 p.m. Thursday to submit them to their county elections office. Seminole County alone had hundreds of provisional ballots.
Thursday night, Broward and Palm Beach counties were still counting vote-by-mail ballots. Broward County was still counting Election Day ballots as well.
Who can call for a recount?
Only Florida's Secretary of State can give a recount the green light. It is not enough for a candidate to request one.
Orange County Supervisor of Elections, Bill Cowles, explaining what will be reviewed today to send unofficial election results to the state.— Christopher Heath (@CHeathWFTV) November 8, 2018
County can’t order a recount. Only the state can. pic.twitter.com/2pLmfC1R4L
What happens next?
County elections offices have until Saturday to get their unofficial totals submitted. If the Senate race is still tighter than 0.5 percent, the state can order a machine recount. Those results would be due a week from Thursday.
Florida’s Secretary of State has told County Supervisors of Elections to “prepare for a recount”— Christopher Heath (@CHeathWFTV) November 8, 2018
Orange may have three!
US Senate, FL Agriculture Comish, & County Commission Dist. 4 pic.twitter.com/hEmxUIII5d
Crews at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections getting ballots lined up ahead of a recount. Gray tubs are completed ballots, cardboard boxes are unused ballots. Tubs sorted by precinct. pic.twitter.com/FT92YgmT3U— Christopher Heath (@CHeathWFTV) November 7, 2018
If those results are tighter than 0.25 percent, there will be a recount by hand. Those results wouldn't be official until Nov. 18.
And just like that 2000 election, all this retallying plays out in public view.
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