[UPDATE] Scott Wins Florida Governor Race

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

[UPDATE] 11-3 12:29PM

Republican businessman Rick Scott has claimed victory in an extremely tight Florida governor's race after Democrat Alex Sink conceded.

Scott said Wednesday he wants to bring people together to solve
problems.

With 99 percent of votes counted, Scott had 49 percent to Sink's
48 percent of the vote -- a lead of about 53,000 votes. Scott's
victory claim came about an hour after Sink said she couldn't see a
path to victory.

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[UPDATE] 11-3 10:45AM --

Democrat Alex Sink concedes Florida governor race to
Republican Rick Scott.

WCTV will have details.

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[UPDATE] 11-3 10:10AM --

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) --

Republican Rick Scott's campaign is
calling a win by Democrat Alex Sink "a mathematical
impossibility."

Scott spokeswoman Jennifer Baker says Wednesday the campaign's
numbers show Scott with a lead of more than 68,000 votes in
Florida's gubernatorial race.

Scott has 49 percent of the vote to Sink's 48 percent of the
vote, with 99 percent of the expected votes counted.

But it's still unknown how many outstanding ballots there are.

To trigger an automatic machine recount, Sink would need to cut
Scott's lead to 0.5 percent or less. The winner will replace Gov.
Charlie Crist, who eschewed a second term to run for U.S. Senate.
He lost Tuesday to Marco Rubio.

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[UPDATE] 11-3 8:30AM --

As of 8:30AM, 99% of precincts are reporting, with Scott at 49% and Sink at 48%. There is only a 50,000 difference in votes between them.

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MIAMI (AP) -- With 99 percent of Tuesday's expected votes
counted, Republican Rick Scott is clinging to a razor-thin lead
over Democrat Alex Sink.

By Wednesday morning, Scott had 49 percent to Sink's 48 percent
of the vote.

But the election is still too close to call. Just tens of
thousands of votes separate the candidates out of more than 5
million cast.

To trigger an automatic machine recount, Sink would need to cut
Scott's lead to 0.5 percent or less. Voters in both parties remain
hopeful their pick will prevail after a fiercely contentious and
expensive race. Scott put in about $73 million of his family's
fortune alone.

The winner will replace Charlie Crist, who eschewed a second
term to run for U.S. Senate. He lost Tuesday to Marco Rubio.

Stay with WCTV for details.

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[UPDATE] 11-2 1:30AM --

Our Tampa affiliate WTSP states that Alex Sink spoke to her supporters shortly after midnight. Sink says there are too many ballots still out in South Florida and in Hillsborough County, and she will not give a victory speech or a concession speech until all the votes are counted.

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --

As expected, the Florida governor's race is going to be tight until the end.

With 96 percent of the expected vote counted early Wednesday,
Republican Rick Scott had 49 percent, while Democrat Alex Sink had
48 percent. Sink was trailing by a little more than 100,000 votes.
She called it a "nail-biter."

She said she'd wait for every vote to be counted as her election
night party in Tampa began breaking up. In Fort Lauderdale, Scott's
supporters seemed confident of victory.

The 57-year-old Scott is a former health care executive who
spent around $73 million of his own money trying to win the seat.

A former bank president, the 62-year-old Sink was elected
Florida's chief financial officer in 2006.


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