Two Florida races are going to recounts

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Officials with the Andrew Gillum for Governor campaign have released a statement regarding the results of the Florida governor's race and his decision to concede to opponent Ron DeSantis.

"On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count", Gillum spokeswoman Johanna Cervone said in a statement.

Gillum's campaign said it's monitoring the situation with an elections lawyer and preparing for a possible state-mandated recount.

Under Florida law, a recount is mandatory if the margin of the winning candidate is less than 0.5 percentage points when the first unofficial count is verified Saturday by Florida's secretary of state. Canvassing boards conduct the recount by running ballots through vote tabulation machines. Republican Gov. Rick Scott now holds a 0.26 percentage point lead (50.1 percent to 49.9 percent) over incumbent Democratic Sen.

If the threshold after this second round of returns drops below 0.25 percent, however, then the state can order a manual recount for federal and state races.

Media captionThe Democratic candidate in Georgia's gubernatorial race will not concede until all the state's votes are counted.

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Nikki Fried leads Matt Caldwell by just 575 votes, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

The bodies in charge of re-counting votes according to Florida law are called "canvassing boards", and they're comprised of the county supervisor of elections, a circuit court judge and the chair of the county commission.Once a recount is ordered, the canvassing board tests its voting machines to make sure there was no technical error.

November 20: Official results from counties are certified by the state.

Before then, election canvassing boards in each county will review provisional ballots to determine if they are valid.

"Since that time, it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", Cervone said. When those machine recounts indicate the margin is less than a quarter of 1 percent, it automatically triggers a manual recount.

Elias said he's concerned that a third of the votes in the Florida Senate race are still unknown.

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In the Senate race, under votes are ballots in which optical-scanning machines counted a vote for a down-ballot race such as governor or attorney general but not for senator.

Provisional ballots are given to voters who don't have proper ID or whose names don't show up on the rolls at the precinct.

The Gillum campaign also believes that, if an automatic recount is triggered in the governor race, that provisional ballots will be essential. The deadline to cure provisional ballots is 5pm Thursday, but campaign officials expect that to be extended by a few days.

Update: Marco Rubio's steamed about how Broward and Palm Beach counties are handling their responsibilities. "They have to be transparent and tell us what they are counting and how many they are counting", he said. "Maybe next, he'll start ranting that Russians stole the election from him".

Both political parties, and voting groups are now pushing to find people who cast provisional ballots throughout Florida to get them to submit whatever information is needed to fix, or "cure" the ballot.

Marc Elias, a Washington lawyer on Nelson's team, said the candidate was demanding a recount.

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"Let's be clear: When Elias says 'win, ' he means 'steal, ' " Scott's campaign said. "The Florida election map is changing under Trump".

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