Florida mid-terms: Democrat Andrew Gillum concedes to Ron DeSantis

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is separated by fewer than 13,000 votes from Scott

'We know that this fight continues, in spite of the outcome of this election'.

Mr Gillum, the 39-year-old liberal mayor of Tallahassee, had initially conceded the race on the night of the November 6 election to Mr DeSantis, a conservative former congressman. "We need to update Florida's election system and bring it into the 21st century", Gillum said. "We've been so honored by the support that we've received", Mr Gillum said in a video statement. More than 8 million voters cast ballots in the race. "We wanted to make sure that every single vote ― including those that were overvotes, undervotes ― as long as those were legally cast, we wanted those votes to be counted", Gillum began. "We said that we would fight until the last vote was counted". But as more absentee ballots were counted in the following days and the margin between the two men narrowed to within the 0.5 percentage point necessary to trigger a mandatory recount under Florida law, the AP withdrew its projection and Gillum withdrew his concession.

Mr. Trump had struck a different tone during the campaign, saying at a rally shortly before Election Day that Gillum is "a radical socialist. who will not do good things for Florida".

Counties have until noon on Sunday to file their official results, but it appears the gap is too far for Nelson to close.

His stance echoed similar appeals from fellow Florida Democrat, senator Bill Nelson.

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Trump has repeatedly charged that Florida's elections were marred by vote fraud, but state and local authorities have said there is no evidence of wrongdoing. On Saturday, he said that process was drawing to a close. "Although nobody wanted to be governor more than me that this was not just about an election cycle". Snipes did insist that the ballots were still in the elections building.

Officials say most of Florida's counties have finished their hand recount in the state's contentious U.S. Senate races.

State officials ordered a manual recount earlier in the week after a legally required machine recount showed that Scott led incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson by about 12,600 votes.

Vote-counting issues have plagued Broward County for at least the past 14 years, dating back to one year after Snipes took over as County Supervisor of Elections in 2003. Once that recount was complete, if the differences in any of the races are 0.25 percentage points or less, a hand recount is ordered.

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