Nelson Race Could be Headed Towards Recount


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In Florida, the race between the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, Bill Nelson, and the state’s governor, Republican Rick Scott, appears to be on its way to a recount. Nelson, an experienced hand on the Senate Commerce Committee, frequently voices the minority party’s concerns to the majority, and has regularly lambasted the FCC over numerous wireless infrastructure-related issues.

“We are proceeding to a recount,” Nelson said Wednesday in a brief statement. A Scott campaign spokesman official told the Tampa Bay Times Wednesday the race “is over,” but conceded a recount is likely.

Nelson’s campaign aides told TCPalm, unofficial numbers on Tuesday showed a difference of 30,176 votes between the two candidates, or less than one-half of one percent. Florida state law requires a margin of victory to be equal or less than 0.5 percent of total votes. A machine recount is used in this case but if the margin is equal or less than 0.25 percent, a manual recount is ordered. 

What is the next step? County supervisors of elections recheck their vote tally and the results by noon tomorrow. That’s when state officials could officially order a recount, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Provisional and absentee ballots from overseas are counted after Election Day. Only a handful of Florida counties have finished counting provisional and overseas absentee ballots. Both can continue to be counted until 10 days after the election, according to TCPalm.

November 9, 2018