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Fried passes Caldwell for Ag Commission; Gov. race now inside recount margin

Lee Herald Favicon 16The elections are not yet over, two days after election day.

It appears that automatic recounts are imminent in now three different statewide races, and in one case, there’s been a lead change on Thursday.

Nikki Fried, the Fort Lauderdale Democrat running against North Fort Myers state legislator Matt Caldwell for Commissioner of Agriculture, has taken a lead of 575 votes in a race where she trailed at the end of election night by around 13,000, according to the state Supervisor of Elections office Thursday afternoon.

In Florida, automatic recounts are triggered whenever a race has a margin within .50 percent.

County officials have until Saturday and noon to send in their final unofficial totals in to the state.

Sen. Bill Nelson, who appeared to have lost to Gov. Rick Scott in their Senate race, has already said that he expects a recount in their race.

“We are proceeding to a recount,” Nelson said in a brief Wednesday statement.

Scott currently leads Nelson by 17,000 votes, a margin both inside the automatic recount threshold but at .22 percent, but could lead to a manual recount.

Even the gubernatorial race, which saw Democrat Andrew Gillum concede to Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday night, is now inside the .50 margin. As of Thursday, DeSantis has a 49,000 vote lead, a gap of .47 percent, which will still trigger the automatic recount even with the concession.

County reporting data shows all election day precincts in the state’s 67 counties have been accounted for, but show that mail-in ballots have not been completed in Broward or Palm Beach Counties, while Broward also doesn’t report completed early voting.

Broward and Palm Beach Counties were two of the counties at the center of the controversy in the 2000 presidential election recounts.

If a recount is ordered, it would occur after the Saturday deadline. Those machine recounts would be due by November 15, at which point a manual recount can be triggered if the gap is inside of .25 percent. Official returns are due by November 18.


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