All Florida Statewide Races Are Heading To Recounts, Could Crush GOP’s Chances In The Senate: Report
All three statewide races in Florida are heading for recounts. Sarah Revell, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of State, confirmed on Saturday that Secretary of State Ken Detzner (R) had ordered recounts in the three races.
“The first unofficial set of returns for the U.S. Senate, Governor and Commissioner of Agriculture races has met the statutory threshold to trigger a machine recount,” Revell said in an email. “As required under Florida law, a statewide machine recount has been ordered by the Secretary of State.”
This is great news for Democrats as they have high hopes that they can keep another Senate seat if incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) can hold on.
According to reports, a round of machine recounts must be done by Thursday. This goes for all three races, for Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner.
Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott currently holds a 12,500 votes lead on Nelson, which is about .15 points.
According to law, if the difference is less than .25 points after the machine recounts are done, another recount is triggered, this time the ballots would be counted by hand.
The gubernatorial race, which had been given to Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday after it showed him in the lead by one point, is also heading to a recount after new vote totals came in from Broward and Palm Beach on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, which put Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum within .41 points.