The Florida governor’s race is headed for a machine recount, falling below the 0.5 percent margin required by state law before a recount is considered.
The latest returns show Republican candidate Ron DeSantis ahead of Democrat candidate and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by less than 39,000 votes, or 0.47 percent, triggering an automatic recount under Florida state law.
If the margin of victory is equal or less than 0.5 percent, state law requires a machine to recount the votes.
If the margin of victory is less than or equal to 0.25 percent, state law requires the recount to be conducted by hand.
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner told state election supervisors in a conference call Thursday morning that they should prepare for the possibility for a statewide recount and be prepared outside media attention.
🚨 Florida Governor’s race for the FIRST TIME is heading to a recount
That’s below the 0.5% trigger for a recount
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) November 8, 2018