TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (November 7, 2018) — Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson says he's getting ready for a recount in his race against Republican Gov. Rick Scott.
Nelson's campaign put out a statement on Wednesday saying the race remains tight and Scott prematurely claimed victory. Under Florida law, there is an automatic recount if the margin is one-half of one percent or less.
Scott leads Nelson by slightly more than 30,000 votes out of more than 8/1 million votes cast.
State officials will not officially order a recount until Saturday, when the first set of unofficial returns are due.
Scott spokesman Chris Hartline criticized Nelson for pushing for a recount, calling it a "sad way" for him to end his political career.