It still looks like three statewide elections today will head to recount, as of a noon deadline for the completion of the initial tabulation of votes in Florida. Florida law called on county elections officials to submit totals.

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In the U.S. Senate race, Republican Rick Scott holds a 12,562-vote lead over Democrat Bill Nelson for Senate, a 0.15 percent margin.

In the Agriculture Commissioner contest, Democrat Nikki Fried maintains a lead on 5,326 votes over Republican Matt Caldwell, a 0.06-percent difference.

And in the Governor’s race, Republican Ron DeSantis still leads Democrat Andrew Gillum by 33,684 votes. That’s a 0.41-percent margin.

According to the Division of Elections, all counties have now competed early, vote-by-mail, and provisional ballot counts.

Broward County also reports on its own website that all early and absentee ballots have been counted. Palm Beach County on its website, however, reports it has not counted all absentees or provisional ballots, contrary to the Division of Elections website.

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As of noon, the Division of Elections reports Republican Rick Scott with a 13,407 lead over Democrat Bill Nelson for Senate, a 0.16 percent margin.

In the Governor’s race, Republican Ron DeSantis still leads Democrat Andrew Gillum by 34,459 votes. That’s a 0.42-percent margin.

And in the Agriculture Commissioner contest, Democrat Nikki Fried maintains a lead on 4,485 over Republican Matt Caldwell, a 0.06-percent difference.

Florida law requires a machine recount for all races where the difference of votes between candidates remains within 0.5 percent of the ballots cast. A hand recount is triggered if the difference falls within 0.25 percent.

About The Author

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at jacobogles@hotmail.com.

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