Florida is again the center of election turmoil. Heres why

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As of this writing, the discrepancy sits at just over 38,000 votes out of 8.2 million cast, giving Gillum 49.15 percent of the vote to DeSantis' 49.62 percent, according the state's elections division. FiveThirtyEight predictions had showed Gillum 4.2 percent ahead of DeSantis on Election Day.

In wake of Hurricane Maria, many Puerto Ricans moved to South Florida and they've expressed their frustration with the president's inability to help as the territory struggled to rebuild.

But the shifts thus far all remain part of the first tabulation of votes.

They could, however, be decisive in the agriculture-commissioner race, in which Democrat Nikki Fried held a slim lead of almost 3,000 votes over Republican Matt Caldwell. "We know it's not many".

Scott has filed lawsuits against the Supervisor of Elections in both Broward and Palm Beach counties over the way they are handling the ballot-counting process. Nelson's lawyer called that race a "jump ball" - though Scott's campaign urged Nelson to concede.

Original: After conceding the governor's race in Florida to Republican Ron DeSantis, Democrat Andrew Gillum's campaign has been given new hope. If the machine recount shows a margin of 0.25 percent or less, the ballots will be manually recounted.

In elections with a winning margin of 0.25 percentage points or fewer, the state requires a hand recount of ballots where machines didn't detect a vote. Bill Nelson, 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent, a margin of 0.2 percent, or 17,760 votes.

Scott cited no evidence of wrongdoing, and the counties have until noon Saturday to report their unofficial vote count.

Scott's lead over incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson has decreased gradually to 15,000 votes since election night, with the results likely headed towards a recount. It's a sad way for Bill Nelson to end his career.

Voters have until 5 p.m.to address any outstanding problems with their provisional ballots.

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In Broward's case, the county has not yet completed its count of early voting ballots. There were also chants of "lock he up" directed at Broward's Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes.

Without elaboration, Scott told reporters: "I am considering every single legal option available". If the gap narrows within a quarter of a percentage point, canvassing board members would scrutinize under-votes and over-votes and try to discern voter intent.

Former state Sen. Chris Smith said the effort took on added urgency because Nikki Fried, the Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner, is from Broward.

That meant there was no candidate opposite Bush, but to the right of Gore was the ultra-conservative Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan, who got 3,407 votes in the county - many of them probably intended for Gore, analysts said.

The ruling came as the Broward Canvassing Board met to review ballots that had been initially deemed ineligible. So, too, is Florida's race for agriculture commissioner, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Election officials in other Florida counties may have disclosed the identities of which voters cast provisional ballots, however.

The looming recounts have already led to unfounded charges of elections theft, a reneged concession speech - and an audacious campaign request by the outgoing governor for a public corruption investigation into the counting of ballots that could determine whether he wins his own campaign for US Senate.

It's unknown how many provisional ballots have been cast statewide in Florida this year.

Scott's campaign manager Jackie Schutz Zeckman shot back: "They aim to disenfranchise law abiding Florida voters by producing ballots out of thin air until they have enough to win".