Here's how Florida recounts will play out

All Eyes on Florida's Gubernatorial Race: Will Florida Go Blue?

The Florida governor's race appeared to be much closer to settled on Tuesday night when Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis. "Our campaign, along with our attorney Barry Richard, is monitoring the situation closely and is ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount".

Florida law mandates that races where unofficial results show a margin of 0.5 percent or less will be subject to a machine recount, ordered by Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner. In the meantime, a few remaining county elections supervisors are feverishly reviewing any vote-by-mail ballots they have not yet counted.

As of 2 p.m. Thursday, DeSantis led Gillum by 38,515 votes out of almost 8.2 million cast, or a difference of 0.47 of a percentage point. Republican Gov. Rick Scott now holds a 0.26 percentage point lead (50.1 percent to 49.9 percent) over incumbent Democratic Sen.

Florida law requires a recount in races in which the winning margin is 0.5 percent or less, unless the trailing candidate says in writing that he or she doesn't want a recount.

In the meantime, Democratic Agricultural Commissioner candidate Nikki Fried has pulled ahead of seeming victor Matt Caldwell by just 582 votes.

As additional votes were tallied following the general election, DeSantis' lead narrowed to 0.47 percent, according to the most recent unofficial election results from the Florida Division of Elections as of Thursday afternoon. "Mayor Gillum started his campaign for the people, and we are committed to ensuring every single vote in Florida is counted", he said.

County election officials have until noon on November 10 to report unofficial results to the state.

Before then, election canvassing boards in each county will review provisional ballots to determine if they are valid. DeSantis holds a lead of 38,613 votes out of more than 8.2 million ballots counted - a margin of 0.47 percentage points. That means as many as 50,000 votes have yet to be counted. Both of them will end up leaving egg on Gillum's face in the end, and making not one whit of meaningful difference in the eventual ballot count.

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That information has to be presented to the voter's county supervisor of elections office by 5 p.m. today.

Some counties, however, are closing its doors on staffers seeking public records, stymieing the only resource available to identify voters who cast provisional ballots.

There is zero chance that a recount will reverse a gap in the ranges of either the senate or gubernatorial races. Between provisional and other late ballots, it might be this weekend before results are in.

Broward officials, however, had not counted mail-ins, early-voting ballots, provisionals nor overseas ballots, according to the state elections site.

Elias, who had worked on successful Democratic recounts for former senators Harry Reid and Al Franken, said, "I couldn't tell you if Sen". Scott has accused him of trying to "steal" the election.

It's unknown how many provisional ballots have been cast statewide in Florida this year.

The statement provided no information on the size or location of these "uncounted ballots", but they echoed claims made Thursday morning in a conference call the Nelson campaign arranged with Marc Elias, an election lawyer with the powerhouse Democratic firm of Perkins Coie.

"We're doing this not just because it's automatic, but we're doing it to win", Elias said in a statement to the Times. "The Florida election map is changing under Trump".

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