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Midterm elections: Florida polls face possible recounts

Razor-thin margins in the Senate and governor’s races in Florida are raising the possibility of recounts in two of the most closely watched contests of the US midterm elections.

In the governor’s race, the campaign of the Democratic candidate, Andrew Gillum, said it was preparing for a possible recount. He conceded to his Republican rival, Ron DeSantis, on Tuesday, although the race has since tightened. As of Thursday afternoon, DeSantis led Gillum by 0.47 of a percentage point.

The Democratic incumbent senator, Bill Nelson, has also begun preparing for a potential recount in a race still too close to call against the Republican Rick Scott, the outgoing governor.

Scott held a lead of 0.21 of a percentage point over Nelson on Thursday afternoon.

The tight races underscored Florida’s status as a perennial swing state where elections are often decided by the thinnest of margins. Since 2000, when Florida decided the presidency by 537 votes in a contest that took more than five weeks to resolve, the state has seen many close elections, but never so many dead heats in one year.

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