Three races in Florida are being recounted. The high profile Senate and Governor races as well as the Agriculture Commissioner race. On election night, it seemed that current governor Rick Scott would become the state's next senator. Keeping that Republican theme, Ron DeSantis appeared to have edged out a win over Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, to replace Rick Scott. As ballots continued to be counted, the margins between the two candidates in both races fell into recount territory. Rick Scott was ahead of Bill Nelson, the Democratic incumbent by 12,400 votes, a mere .2%. In the governor's race, Gillum was making up ground on DeSantis cutting that margin to just about 34,000 votes. Any vote margins under .5% in the state of Florida are automatically put into a machine recount, if they are at .1% then it goes to a hand recount. Two things Republicans in the state do not want to happen.
Rick Scott claimed of rampant voter fraud in Broward County, which has seen its fair share of controversy. The Secretary of State in Florida denies the claims and says that there is no evidence that this is happening. Meanwhile, the county's election supervisor says that the recount will not be ready by the mandated deadline on Thursday. The spokeswoman for the Department of State for Florida says that if a county does not provide a complete recount by Thursday, then state law mandates that the results from election night will remain in their place. The spokeswoman also said that the Secretary of State has no authority to grant extensions on the recount.
The deadline for the recount is Thursday of this week. This recount is reminiscent of the 2000 election where Florida was make it or break it for George Bush and Al Gore. That election wasn't decided until 36 days after the election. Hopefully, this race will be decided sooner, and we'll have winners by Thursday. Anyways, like always we'll have to wait and watch as the results come in.