Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Florida's race for governor will advance to a recount

All Eyes on Florida's Gubernatorial Race: Will Florida Go Blue? Andrew Gillum vs. Ron DeSantis: LIVE Florida gubernatorial election results
Gerardo Duncan | 09 November, 2018, 02:36

On Tuesday night, Gillum conceded in his race against Republican Ron DeSantis and his team was clear Wednesday that it hadn't met the threshold to trigger an automatic recount.

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

The campaign says it's monitoring the situation and preparing for a possible state-mandated recount.

Recounts will take place in Florida, ordered by the secretary of state, in the Senate race between Nelson and Rick Scott, as well as for the agriculture commissioner race.

The canvassing boards, which typically consist of the supervisor of elections, a county judge and a county commission member, review the ballots to see if the signature matches the one on file when the voter first registered, and to determine if the voter didn't already vote.

As of 9 a.m., DeSantis' lead was just 42,948 votes out of 8,189,305 ballots cast - equal to 0.52 percent of the vote.

Meanwhile, Florida's Senate race featuring Democratic Sen. If the margins remain under the 0.5 percent threshold, recounts must be ordered under state law.

In the state's race for the next agriculture commissioner, Democrat Nikki Fried how now taken the lead over Republican Matt Caldwell.

As additional votes were tallied following the general election, DeSantis' lead narrowed to 0.47 percent, according to the most recent unofficial election results from the Florida Division of Elections as of Thursday afternoon.

Officials in Broward and Palm Beach counties still were counting ballots Thursday morning, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

County election officials have until noon on November 10 to report unofficial results to the state.

Unlike courting pre-election votes, campaign staff must now encourage those who have already voted - specifically those with previsional ballots - to go to their county's election supervisor and cure the issues that could have jeopardized their vote.

A machine recount means damaged ballots are duplicated, all ballots are re-scanned and then the number of total votes cast according to the machines are compared with the number of votes the county initially reported. A recount is automatically triggered if the margin drops below 0.5 points. Both of them will end up leaving egg on Gillum's face in the end, and making not one whit of meaningful difference in the eventual ballot count.

The Scott campaign, which declared victory Tuesday night, called Nelson "sad" for not conceding the race. The deadline to cure provisional ballots is 5pm Thursday, but campaign officials expect that to be extended by a few days.

There is zero chance that a recount will reverse a gap in the ranges of either the senate or gubernatorial races.

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

Broward officials, however, had not counted mail-ins, early-voting ballots, provisionals nor overseas ballots, according to the state elections site. "Nelson is going to be declared the victor", Elias said.

At the same time, the U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott remained too close to call, and Nelson's elections lawyer predicted it would be a "jump ball" as it became more likely there would be a recount in that race. "The margin may change by a couple thousand, but it's not going to change the outcome of the election".

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