Bill Nelson by an even tighter margin in the U.S. Senate race: Scott is ahead by 17,344, or 0.22 percent.
The race for Agriculture Commissioner and U.S. Senate also appear headed for recounts, although those races are closer and will likely force the state to conduct recounts by hand, which is required when the margins between two candidates are within a quarter of a percent. But the vote gap between them has only narrowed since then, as the state's largest counties have continued to tally ballots that were mailed in or cast on a provisional basis on Election Day.
The win maintained the grip Republicans have had on the governor's office since Jeb Bush was sworn in in 1999, and DeSantis will have a chance to return the favor for Trump in 2020, when Florida figures to play a pivotal role in the presidential election.
Gillum voted early after attending a "Bring It Home Midnight Rally" at the campus of Florida A&M University with Sean "Diddy" Combs.
On Tuesday night, Gillum had offered a gracious concession to Ron DeSantis, who held the office for the GOP in Florida despite Democratic expectations of victory in a blue wave that never materialized.
"The results of the 2018 Senate election are unknown and I think that you and the elections officials should treat it as such", Elias told reporters on a conference call.
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Many Democrats believed that the 39-year-old Gillum, the father of three young children, injected a degree of enthusiasm lacking for their party's candidates over the past several elections. That means as many as 50,000 votes have yet to be counted. In Florida, a margin of half a percentage point or less would trigger an automatic recount.
"It has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", she said in a statement.
"At the end of this process, we believe Sen".
'We'll worry about history later, but today, we're working to win, ' said, who would become the first black governor of a state that has seen racial strife should he win. He came to Florida twice in the final six days of the election to encourage his base to show up for DeSantis and Scott. "It is sad and embarrassing that Bill Nelson would resort to these low tactics after voters have clearly spoken".
The campaign says it's monitoring the situation and preparing for a possible state-mandated recount. A statewide machine recount would have to be completed by 3 p.m. November 15, Elias said. Just before 2:15 p.m., the state elections website updated to show that DeSantis led Gillum only 4,069,451 votes to 4,030,936. A Libertarian candidate received the remaining votes.
Due to a combination of racism, Andrew Gillum's alleged involvement in an FBI investigation, the obvious suppression of 1.4 million formerly incarcerated people's votes, and a few other factors, Florida's major statewide races this year were remarkably close.
DeSantis, for his part, has already announced his transition team.