Florida's race for governor will advance to a recount

Democrat Andrew Gillum's campaign now says it's prepared for a possible recount in the Florida governor race that he conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday night.

The Gillum statement said that since the concession speech "it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported".

The campaign for Andrew Gillum announced Thursday it was bringing on Barry Richard, a lawyer who worked on the Florida recount in 2000, to handle operations for a possible statewide recount.

Those races are within the 0.5 percent threshold that triggers a machine recount under state law. Under Florida law, a 0.5-point vote margin prompts a machine recount.

"Latest ballots dumped by #Broward &/or #PalmBeach...shaved another 4k+ from Scott's lead in Senate race", Mr. Rubio tweeted Thursday.

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

Democratic legal teams kicked into action Thursday in Florida, demanding a recount they insist will ultimately declare Democratic Sen.

November 20: Official results from counties are certified by 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.

In Arizona, another tight senate race has yet to conclude - and the state's Republican party is now suing over how some counties handle mail-in ballots, USA media report. A recount is automatically triggered if the margin drops below 0.5 points.

In the Senate race, under votes are ballots in which optical-scanning machines counted a vote for a down-ballot race such as governor or attorney general but not for senator.

But that analysis relied on models that estimated voter turnout, and not on outstanding ballot data from local county election offices, the Miami Herald reports.

The most high-profile recount possibility so far, however, is in the Senate race.

Provisional ballots are given to voters because their eligibility to vote is challenged for some reason - perhaps they have an address discrepancy, or they forgot their ID. The deadline to cure provisional ballots is 5pm Thursday, but campaign officials expect that to be extended by a few days.

Broward officials, however, had not counted mail-ins, early-voting ballots, provisionals nor overseas ballots, according to the state elections site. "They have to be transparent and tell us what they are counting and how many they are counting", he said.

Ingoglia was particularly harsh about the lack of information coming from Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Broward has been the scene of drama since the election, with the Nelson campaign holding off on conceding Tuesday night due to votes from seven precincts that had to be driven to elections centers and manually entered from thumb drives.

Both political parties, and voting groups are now pushing to find people who cast provisional ballots throughout Florida to get them to submit whatever information is needed to fix, or "cure" the ballot.

Election officials in other Florida counties may have disclosed the identities of which voters cast provisional ballots, however. "Nelson is going to be declared the victor", Elias said.

"We're doing this not just because it's automatic, but we're doing it to win", Elias said in a statement to the Times.

  • Tracy Klein