If, after the machine recount, a 0.25 percent margin remains separating the candidates in their respective races, then a manual recount would be ordered with a November 18 deadline to ensure all overseas ballots are in and available to be counted.
Gillum, who had conceded Tuesday night before DeSantis' margin narrowed, now says his campaign is preparing for a recount.
Adding to the legal woes, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher told Detzner that her voting equipment, certified by his office, can't recount ballots in more than one race at one time.
Once counties report their unofficial totals to the state on Saturday, Secretary of State Ken Detzner, an appointee of Scott, will be able to order any of the legally mandated recounts.
In the 2000 presidential recount Florida, questions about voter intent provoked disputes over dimpled chads, punch-cards that had been indented but not penetrated.
"This morning, Bill Nelson is introducing the people of Florida to Marc Elias, a hired gun from Washington, D.C., who will try to win an election for Nelson that Nelson has already lost", Scott's campaign said in an email Thursday.
Scherer criticized Broward Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes for the slow pace of ballot-counting, two days after the polls have closed. Broward is a Democratic party stronghold.
FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen was personally chosen by Scott in 2015, even though the appointment is subject to approval by the three elected Cabinet members.
But in his victory speech, DeSantis talked little about partisan politics and emphasized the need as the state's next governor to work with all Floridians, including those who opposed him. "What's going on in Florida is a disgrace".
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"No one should stand in the way of the people of our state exercising their right to vote and to have their voice heard", the senator said in a statement.
Nikki Fried, a Democratic candidate running for agricultural commissioner, actually leapfrogged over Republican Matt Caldwell to take the lead - leading Caldwell's campaign to howl about "potential corruption".
In Broward's case, the county has not yet completed its count of early voting ballots.
"Every vote should count, as long as they're Democrats' and as long as the Democrats win".
More than 48 hours after the country concluded the midterm elections, it's still unknown who will be Florida's next U.S. senator, governor and agriculture commissioner, or how long it will be before those pronouncements can be made.
"I am pretty confident what you are going to see are markings that were not picked up by the machines or a calibration issue that was not registering that part of the ballot", he said.
More than 8.2 million ballots were cast in Florida's election, according to the state Division of Elections web site.
"He didn't even know what the hell we were doing with the election", Lux said. "But I firmly believe that at the end of this process, Nelson will prevail". The Senate candidates appeared on the Broward ballot before the candidates for governor. Bill Nelson, 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent, a margin of 0.2 percent, or 17,760 votes.
But 36 hours later, Democrats insist tens of thousands of votes remain uncounted.
If recounts are ordered, county election officials would send the optical scan ballots back through their tabulating machines and so-called over-votes and under-votes would be set aside.