Re­counts or­dered in Florida con­tests

Se­nate, gover­nor races sep­a­rated by less than half a per­cent­age point

The Republican Herald - - NATION/ WORLD - By BRENDAN FARRINGTON AND KELLI KENNEDY As­so­ci­ated Press

TAL­LA­HAS­SEE, Fla. — The Florida sec­re­tary of state or­dered re­counts in the U. S. Se­nate and gover­nor races on Satur­day, an un­prece­dented re­view of two ma­jor con­tests in the state that took five weeks to de­cide the 2000 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Sec­re­tary Ken Det­zner is­sued the or­der af­ter the un­of­fi­cial re­sults in both races fell within the mar­gin that by law trig­gers a re­count. His of­fice was un­aware of any other time ei­ther a race for gover­nor or U. S. Se­nate in Florida re­quired a re­count, let alone both in the same elec­tion.

The re­count sets up what could be sev­eral days of po­lit­i­cal ten­sion in this deeply di­vided state. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tweeted with­out ev­i­dence that the elec­tions were be­ing stolen. Pro­test­ers gath­ered at an elec­tions of­fice in Broward County, which is quickly be­com­ing a bat­tle­ground in the re­count. The pro­test­ers waved signs, used bull­horns and even ha­rangued a food de­liv­ery per­son at one point, ask­ing if there were bal­lots in­side the food bags.

The un­of­fi­cial re­sults show that Repub­li­can for­mer U. S. Rep. Ron Desan­tis

led Demo­cratic Tal­la­has­see Mayor An­drew Gil­lum by 0.41 per­cent­age points in the elec­tion for gover­nor.

In the Se­nate race, Repub

li­can Gov. Rick Scott’s lead over Demo­cratic in­cum­bent Bill Nel­son is 0.14 per­cent­age points.

Det­zner or­dered ma­chine re­counts in both races. Once com­pleted, if the dif­fer­ences in the races are at 0.25 per­cent­age points or be­low, a hand re­count will be or­dered, said Depart­ment of State spokes­woman Sarah Rev­ell.

Af­ter the an­nounce­ment, Gil­lum with­drew his con­ces­sion in the gover­nor’s race.

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