Florida Senate race likely headed to 2nd recount

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By: Associated Press
November 15, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Unofficial Florida election results show that the governor's race seems to be settled after a machine recount but the U.S. Senate race is likely headed to a hand recount.

Unofficial results posted on the Florida secretary of state's website show that Republican Ron DeSantis is virtually assured of winning the nationally watched governor's race over Democrat Andrew Gillum. Florida finished a machine recount Thursday that showed Gillum without enough votes to force a manual recount.

The margin between U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott is still thin enough to trigger a second review. State law requires a hand recount of races with margins of 0.25 percentage points or less.

The Florida Department of State issued the the following details on the order:

The second set of unofficial returns for the U.S. Senate and Commissioner of Agriculture races has met the statutory threshold to trigger a manual recount. As required under Florida law, a statewide manual recount has been ordered by the Secretary of State. The orders are attached.

A manual recount is solely a hand recount of overvotes and undervotes in the affected race. An overvote is when a voter designated more choices than allowable in the recounted race and an undervote is when a voter made no choice or less than the allowable number of choices in the recounted race.

The results of the manual recount will be reflected in the Official Returns due to the Department of State no later than noon on November 18.

Florida’s timeline for the reporting and certification of election results, which includes the process for possible recounts for any races on the ballot, is available in detail on the Division of Elections website.

For additional information on the recount process, please review the following resources:
• Section 102.141(7) F.S. – County canvassing board duties
• Section 102.166 Fla. Stat. – Manual recounts of overvotes and undervotes
• Rule 1S-2.031, Fla. Admin. Code. – Recount Procedures
• Rule 1S-2.027, Fla. Admin. Code. – Standards for Determining Voter’s Choice on a Ballot
• Rule 1S-2.051, Fla. Admin. Code. – Standards for Determining Voter’s Choice on a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot

Counties have until Sunday to inspect the ballots that did not record a vote when put through the machines. Those ballots are re-examined to see whether the voter skipped the race or marked the ballot in a way that the machines cannot read but can be deciphered.

The election will be certified Tuesday.

By: Associated Press
November 15, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Associated Press will not declare winners in the races for Florida governor and Senate until state officials certify the results next week.

In the race for governor, Republican Ron DeSantis leads Democrat Andrew Gillum by 33,684 votes of more than 8.2 million votes counted.

In the race for Senate, Republican Rick Scott leads Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson by 12,562 votes.

Both races were the subject of machine ballot recounts due Thursday afternoon, and results were pending.

Gillum initially conceded the governor's race on election night but later said he wanted to see every vote counted once a state-mandated recount was initiated.

Florida counties have until Sunday to report final vote tallies, and state officials would certify those results next Tuesday.

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