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Scott-Nelson Senate Race Could Require A Recount

Wilfredo Lee
Associated Press
Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott speaks with his wife Ann by his side at an election watch party, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Naples, Fla.

Although Gov. Rick Scott declared victory late Tuesday in his race for a U.S. Senate seat, numbers posted Wednesday morning on the Florida Division of Elections website indicate a recount could be needed.

The updated numbers showed Scott with 4,074,001 votes, or 50.21 percent, while Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson had 4,039,498 votes, or 49.79 percent. Under state law, a recount is triggered when the margin is 0.5 percent or less.

Such a recount would involve running ballots through tabulating machines to determine the accuracy of the vote totals, according to state law.

An automatic recount also appeared certain in a high-profile state Senate race in Hillsborough County. In that race, incumbent Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, trailed Democratic challenger Janet Cruz on Wednesday morning by a margin of 50.07 percent to 49.93 percent, the state Division of Elections website showed.

Similarly, a recount appeared necessary in a Volusia County House race, where Republican Elizabeth Fetterhoff led Rep. Patrick Henry, D-Daytona Beach, by a margin of 50.06 percent to 49.94 percent.

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