Hand recount ordered in Florida’s Senate race


Brenda Snipes, elections supervisor for Broward County, talks to workers during the recount. Jose A. Iglesias jiglesias@elnuevoherald.com

Florida’s secretary of state on Thursday ordered an unprecedented statewide hand recount of ballots cast in the state’s Senate race between incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger, outgoing Gov. Rick Scott, after a machine recount showed little change to Scott’s 12,600-vote, 0.15 percent lead.

Florida law requires a hand recount when a race is within 0.25 percent.

Republican Ron DeSantis held onto his 0.41 percent lead over Democrat Andrew Gillum in the gubernatorial race after the machine recount, falling outside the quarter-point threshold and indicating that DeSantis will be governor-elect, barring a legal challenge by Gillum.

Canvassing boards in the state’s 67 counties now have three days to review thousands of rejected ballots to get a final tally in the Senate race.

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