Florida will start counting ballots again in its Senate and gubernatorial races, as vote differentials in both contests held below the 0.5 percent threshold required to trigger mandatory machine recounts, Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced.
Republican Rick Scott narrowly leads incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson in the race for the U.S. Senate seat, while the GOP’s Ron DeSantis is slightly ahead of Democrat Andrew Gillum to become the state’s next governor, succeeding Scott.
Ahead of Detzner’s announcement a Florida state website was updated to say “Machine Recount Indicated” underneath both sets of unofficial votes. The race for agriculture commissioner was also within the margin for a recount, and the website indicated as much.
Already expected by the campaigns and elections departments, the recount order triggered a flurry of activity around the state as elections departments pushed to meet a Nov. 15 deadline to submit their newly tallied returns. With all counties having submitted unofficial vote tallies, Florida’s Division of Elections showed that 8,302,983 ballots must be recounted over the next five days.
The total vote count reported by the state after receiving the unofficial final tallies from the counties showed DeSantis leading Gillum by 33,684 votes, a difference of .41 percent; Scott leading Nelson by 12,562 votes, a difference of .15 percent, and Fried leadng Caldwell by 5,326 votes, a difference of .06 percent.