Andrew Gillum waffles on concession in Florida governor's race

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Democrat Andrew Gillum's campaign now says it's prepared for a possible recount in the Florida governor race that he conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday night.

"It has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", his campaign said in a statement, noting they are ready for a state-mandated recount.

The campaign for Andrew Gillum announced Thursday it was bringing on Barry Richard, a lawyer who worked on the Florida recount in 2000, to handle operations for a possible statewide recount.

"The recounts will be nationally watched", Florida Secretary of State Keb Detzner said to county supervisors of elections in a conference call, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "Whether it's an absentee vote, whether you voted on election day, whether it is a provisional ballot - we want every vote counted". A hand recount of ballots, longer and more thorough than a machine recount, is triggered if the margin falls below 0.25 points. (The word "shall" is in the statute.) The candidates who are shown to be losing can refuse the recount, but it doesn't look like Bill Nelson or Nikki Fried, the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate and Agriculture Commissioner, respectively, are going to do so.

Recounts are the talk of Florida politics today, with the races for U.S. Senate and Florida Agriculture Commissioner - as well as a smattering of smaller races - all within a razor-thin margin.

Florida's 67 counties have until noon Saturday to submit their unofficial vote totals to the state's division of elections. "Mayor Gillum started his campaign for the people, and we are committed to ensuring every single vote in Florida is counted", he said.

According to the Broward County Supervisor of Elections website, 695,799 ballots were cast.

A machine recount means damaged ballots are duplicated, all ballots are re-scanned and then the number of total votes cast according to the machines are compared with the number of votes the county initially reported. When those machine recounts indicate the margin is less than a quarter of 1 percent, it automatically triggers a manual recount.

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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. Osceola County Gillum volunteer Susan Wills said the secretary of state's office had not yet released information about the provisionals early Thursday afternoon.

Elias also stressed anyone who filed a provisional ballot should contact their supervisors of elections office by 5 p.m. Thursday to fix any issues with the ballot and make sure it would be counted.

November 16 - Overseas and military mail-in ballots are counted.

The Scott campaign, which declared victory Tuesday night, called Nelson "sad" for not conceding the race.

In Miami-Dade, only provisional and overseas ballots remained uncounted.

It's unknown how many provisional ballots have been cast statewide in Florida this year. "Nelson is going to be declared the victor", Elias said. She said Democrats set up phone banks and began calling those voters, urging them to go to county offices to present their identification information so that their ballots will count. "The margin may change by a couple thousand, but it's not going to change the outcome of the election".

There is zero chance that a recount will reverse a gap in the ranges of either the senate or gubernatorial races.

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