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Florida Orders Vote Recount in Senate, Governor Races - Reports

© AP PhotoVoters in Ohio cast their ballots electronically during the 2018 midterm elections
Voters in Ohio cast their ballots electronically during the 2018 midterm elections - Sputnik International
Authorities in Florida on Saturday ordered a vote recount in the southern state’s Senate and governor races, amid tit-for-tat accusations of fraud from both the candidates, AFP reported.

Florida's 67 counties had been given until midday (1700 GMT) on Saturday to submit unofficial totals. State law triggers a machine recount if the difference in a race is within 0.5 percent.

U.S. President Donald Trump points to a questioner while taking questions during a news conference following Tuesday's midterm congressional elections at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 7, 2018 - Sputnik International
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The Florida secretary of state, Ken Detzner, issued the order after unofficial results in both races fell within the margin. The unofficial results show that Republican Ron DeSantis led Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by 0.41 percentage points. In the Senate race, Republican Rick Scott's lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson is only 0.14 percentage points.

Once machine recounts are completed, if the difference in the races are at 0.25 percentage points or below, a hand recount will be ordered, AP reported, citing Florida Department of State spokeswoman Sarah Revell.

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The new midterms development returns Florida to the center of a major political firestorm, 18 years after an infamous presidential recount left control of the White House undecided for over a month.

Election officials in Florida's counties must finish machine recounts by 3 p.m. on Thursday.

US President Donald Trump commented on Florida's tense elections on Friday, with the leader taking Rick Scott's side by telling reporters that the federal government could get involved. Trump added that "all of the sudden they are finding votes out of nowhere."

"What's going on in Florida is a disgrace," Trump stated.

Widespread accusations of voter fraud by Democrats against Republicans and vice versa have kept that state's electoral workers busy, according to reports.

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