• Florida Elections 2018: Scott declares himself the winner while Nelson calls for a recount

    By: Lorena Inclan , Action News Jax

    Updated:

    The Florida U.S. Senate race is still too close to call. Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Bill Nelson are neck-and-neck.

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    Unofficial numbers show Nelson behind Scott by .4 percent.

    While state law does allow for a machine recount when the margin drops below half a percentage point, a recount cannot happen unless the secretary of state – in this case, a Scott appointee -- orders it. 

    The secretary of state has not ordered a recount.

    "We are proceeding to a recount,” said Nelson via an emailed statement released by his campaign just before 10 a.m.

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    It’s been the only public statement from Nelson all day, after he didn’t speak at his own watch party Tuesday night.

    It wasn’t until about 12:15 a.m. that his longtime staffer Pete Mitchell gave an update to supporters who stayed till the end at the Embassy Suites where the watch party was being held.

    Many supporters were visibly upset before leaving for the night.

    Nelson’s camp claims Scott prematurely claimed a victory.

    Meanwhile Scott’s campaign spokesperson Chris Hartline said, "This race is over. It's a sad way for Bill Nelson to end his career. He is desperately trying to hold on to something that no longer exists." 

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    The race has been called the most expensive senate race in Florida history.

    If Nelson loses, it would end a career in public service that started in 1972.

    At this point, in a race this close, every single vote matters.

    “The next step in the process is for the 67 county supervisors of election to recheck the total tally, and for the Nelson campaign to contact voters whose ballots were not counted due to a lack of ID or a matching address, for instance,” said the Nelson campaign via a statement.

    Campaign staffers also said they plan “to have observers in all 67 counties watching for any irregularities, mistakes or unusual partisan activities.”

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