Senate, Agriculture races tighten; Governor contest nears recount trigger

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By 2 p.m., Gillum gained on DeSantis by another 4,441 votes, and now trails by only 0.47 percent.

Nelson, who is now losing to Republican Rick Scott by just 22,000 votes (about 0.26 percent), has not accepted defeat.

"The recounts will be nationally watched ..."

Gillum is now trailing DeSantis 49.65 percent to 49.13 percent, a margin of.52 percent, according to the Florida Division of Elections website. That's within the half percent margin that launches an automatic recount in Florida.

If it's November in the Sunshine State, it must be time for a recount ... or two. He hired attorney Barry Richard, who represented President George W. Bush in the 2000 recount. With each new tabulation, several key races have gotten closer including the Senate race, the gubernatorial race, and the race for agriculture commissioner.

"It has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", Gillum's campaign said in a statement.

The campaign says it's monitoring the situation and preparing for a possible state-mandated recount. Since 2000, when Florida decided the presidency by 537 votes in a contest that took more than five weeks to sort out, the state has seen many close elections, but never so many dead heats in one year.

You can read Gov. Scott's lawsuit against Brenda Snipes, Broward County Elections Supervisor, below or here.

"It has been over 48 hours since the polls closed, and Broward and Palm Beach counties are still finding and counting ballots", Scott said.

Miami-Dade Democrats issued an alert for volunteers to track down the more than 3,000 people who cast provisional ballots. In others, voters had until 5 p.m. Thursday to submit proper identification. In addition, they offered no explanation for why the alleged problems and continuing vote counts appear to be occurring only in precincts that traditionally skew in favor of Democrats.

Republican Bruce Poliquin now leads Democrat Jared Golden by 921 votes with 46 percent of the vote.

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

As of Thursday evening, it met the qualifications to undergo a manual recount, with Scott earning 50.09 percent of the vote. "We do not let people seize ballots when they think they're losing". "Right now, nobody knows". Candidates for the Florida Cabinet position of agriculture commissioner where separated by less than 500 votes out of more than 8 million cast.

Pasco Supervisor Brian Corley rebuffed the request, citing state privacy laws.

He said both counties are committing "rampant fraud" and he will explore every legal option possible.

Election officials in other Florida counties may have disclosed the identities of which voters cast provisional ballots, however.

This item has been corrected to show Scott has asked, not ordered, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate elections offices in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

But Elias said showing identification increases the chances that the ballots will be counted.

Scherer said it appears both sides would have lawyers in all 67 counties in anticipation of recounts that may begin as soon as Sunday and continue on Monday, Veterans' Day - a state holiday. "The ones that are accepted will all be opened and we'll tabulate those tonight to add to the count".

Ingoglia, the Florida GOP party chairman, welcomed the new tally, predicting that the outcome would remain the same.

Scott's campaign manager Jackie Schutz Zeckman shot back: "They aim to disenfranchise law abiding Florida voters by producing ballots out of thin air until they have enough to win".