Nelson Race Could be Headed Towards Recount

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

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