First,it’s helpful to remember Florida has never conducted a statewide hand recount. The 2000 recount was conducted statewide by a machine count, with four counties participating in a hand recount: Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Volusia. And those recounts were halted midprocess by the Supreme Court’s decision in Bush v. Gore.
But Florida is expected to proceed with a hand recount statewide for the U.S. Senate race and the contest for agriculture commissioner, once the results of the machine recount are reported Thursday afternoon. Scott, who had loudly protested the recount process and echoed President Trump’s apparently baseless charges that it would be tainted by fraud, saw his lead actually increase by 865 votes from the figure reported last Saturday, to 13,427.
That is still within the margin — 0.25 percent — that will require a hand recount. The machine recount did not change the outcome for the race for governor between Rep. Ron DeSantis and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. DeSantis appeared to be holding a lead that exceeded the threshold for a hand recount, but Gillum as of late Thursday afternoon had not conceded.