Pos­si­ble re­counts in tight Florida gov., Se­nate con­tests

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NATION + WORLD -

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. >> Ra­zor-thin mar­gins in Florida’s bit­ter races for the U.S. Se­nate and gov­er­nor are rais­ing the specter of pos­si­ble re­counts, po­ten­tially pro­long­ing two of the most closely watched con­tests of the na­tion’s midterm elec­tions.

In the gov­er­nor’s race, Demo­crat An­drew Gil­lum’s cam­paign said Thurs­day it’s ready­ing for a pos­si­ble re­count. He con­ceded to Repub­li­can Ron DeSan­tis on Tues­day night, though the race since has tight­ened. As of Thurs­day af­ter­noon, DeSan­tis led Gil­lum by 0.47 per­cent­age point.

Mean­while, Demo­cratic in­cum­bent Sen. Bill Nel­son has be­gun pre­par­ing for a po­ten­tial re­count in a race still too close to call against Repub­li­can Gov. Rick Scott. Nel­son’s lawyer called that race a “jump ball” — though Scott’s cam­paign urged Nel­son to con­cede. Scott held a 0.21 per­cent­age lead over Nel­son on Thurs­day af­ter­noon. The tight races un­der­scored Florida’s sta­tus as a peren­nial swing state.

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