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A sign directs voters to a new polling location where Hurricane Michael destroyed many schools and other buildings used as polling stations in the area in Lynn Haven Florida U.S

The Governor's race, US Senate, Commissioner of Agriculture, a state senate seat and two state house races all fall within the half percent margin. If that process shows a margin of less than 0.25 percentage points in any federal or state races, then Detzner would order a manual recount of what are known as under votes and over votes that would have to be completed by November 18.

County canvassing boards must report their first unofficial results to the state by noon Saturday.

The most high-profile recount possibility so far, however, is in the Senate race.

Another potentially significant Broward-based mystery is what explains a discrepancy in the number of votes cast in the governor's race and the Senate race. Dana Young, R-Tampa, trailed Democratic challenger Janet Cruz on Wednesday morning by a margin of 50.07 percent to 49.93 percent, the state Division of Elections website showed.

Richard, a Tallahassee lawyer, had represented George W. Bush during Florida's 2000 presidential recount, which spanned 36 days and resulted in Bush capturing Florida and with it, the White House, by 537 votes out of nearly 6 million cast.

Meanwhile, a host of questions remained in a familiar place: Broward County, which featured prominently in the recount of the 2000 presidential election.

In a statement from Nelson's office, the longtime incumbent said Scott had prematurely declared victory in the race, which CNN has not yet called. "We believe that at the end of this process that Senator Nelson is going to be declared the victor".

"It is sad and embarrassing that Bill Nelson would resort to these low tactics after the voters have clearly spoken", said a statement from the Scott campaign Wednesday.

The Florida gubernatorial race isn't over yet.

Broward and Palm Beach Counties and the notorious "hanging chad" were focal points of the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore that was decided by the Florida vote, which Bush won by 537 votes out of almost 6 million cast.

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With statewide turnout about 62 percent, Scott pulled in strong vote totals across reliably red counties in suburban Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa.

"As soon as Democrats sent their best Election stealing lawyer, Marc Elias, to Broward County they miraculously started finding Democrat votes", he said on Twitter. In addition, they offered no explanation for why the alleged problems and continuing vote counts appear to be occurring only in precincts that traditionally skew in favor of Democrats.

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum gives his concession speech as he is joined on stage by his wife R. Jai Gillum, right, and running mate Chris King and his wife Kristen Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Tallahassee, Fla.

Scott also said that he asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the ongoing vote tabulation in the two counties and said "I am considering every single legal option available".

The Republican Party had no immediate response to the developments, but Mr. Scott's campaign said bluntly that Mr. Elias was launching an effort to steal the election. A hand recount, a more thorough process than a machine recount, would happen if the race was within 0.25 points.

In Broward County, Circuit Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips set a 7 p.m. Friday deadline for Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes to turn over the voter information under Florida's open records laws.

A spokesman for Scott chided Nelson over the request.

"I will not stand idly by as unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of Florida", Scott said. This means officials will have to go through ballots that were entered as 'errors'. She also did not know how many provisional, military and mismarked ballots need to be counted.

Generally, most provisional ballots are accepted, said Dan Smith, a political scientist at the University of Florida. He said the vote counting is a constitutional necessity.

He added: "We're doing this not just because it's automatic, but we're doing it to win".

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