Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Florida’s Race For Governor Is In Recount Territory

Florida’s Race For Governor Is In Recount Territory

According to CNN, Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis now holds a slim lead of only half a percentage point (49.6 percent to 49.1 percent) over his Democratic opponent Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

Tallahassee mayor and Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, with his 1-year-old son Davis, walks out after casting his ballot on Tuesday in Tallahassee, Florida. But unless Gillum formally declines a recount, it would go forward if it gets within the needed margin - and his campaign staff did not look like it would turn down the opportunity.

"Our campaign, along with our attorney Barry Richard, is monitoring the situation closely and is ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount", she continued.

The bodies in charge of re-counting votes according to Florida law are called "canvassing boards", and they're comprised of the county supervisor of elections, a circuit court judge and the chair of the county commission.Once a recount is ordered, the canvassing board tests its voting machines to make sure there was no technical error.

Under Florida state law, a candidate running for office can declare victory if the margin of votes is greater than 0.5 percent of the total vote. "The recounts will be nationally watched". The margin in the governor's race is nearing the threshold for a recount. A third race, for governor, is at present slightly outside that threshold. A hand recount of ballots, longer and more thorough than a machine recount, is triggered if the margin falls below 0.25 points. If the margin is within 0.25 points, a manual recount is ordered for statewide races.

If a statewide race is decided by less than 0.5 percent, the Secretary of State - in this case case, Rick Scott appointee Ken Detzner - has to order a recount.

The razor-thin margins in the races of U.S. Senate, agriculture commissioner and a few local races have further narrowed overnight, and the state is gearing up for recounts.

"On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count", said Johanna Cervone, the campaign's communications director, in a statement. That means as many as 50,000 votes have yet to be counted. Ron DeSantis will likely head toward a recount. Unless a recanvass of precincts exposes a a serious mathematical error, Caldwell will likely remain the victor.

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

These ballots are the last to be counted and are verified by county canvassing boards.

But Scott campaign spokesman Chris Hartline called Elias a "hired gun" and added, "for Bill Nelson, the task is getting the "win" ...no matter what". They had counted more than 695,700 ballots counted by early Thursday morning.

Florida solidified its status as Trump Country this week, reinvigorating Republicans and dispiriting Democrats as the consummate swing state sets the stage for a possible three-peat in 2020. "It's Lean-R", said Matt Isbell, a Democratic data analyst based in Florida. It's not just retirees voting Republican. "They have to be transparent and tell us what they are counting and how many they are counting", he said.

Maybe Gillum and Nelson should move on.

Update: Marco Rubio's steamed about how Broward and Palm Beach counties are handling their responsibilities.

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

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