After long recount, Gov. Rick Scott wins Florida Senate race

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Nearly two weeks after Election Day, Republican Gov. Rick Scott has won Florida’s Senate race.

Sitting Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson conceded to Scott Sunday afternoon, recording a YouTube video in which he acknowledged defeat.

Two rounds of recounting had ensued after Scott and Nelson were separated by just .15 percentage points after Election Day — a narrow enough margin to trigger an automatic machine recount. With the race still close enough after Florida’s first round of recounting concluded on Thursday, county election officials hand-examined a subset of votes since Friday, in some cases racing to meet the deadline.

Facing a noon deadline today, all counties finished counting in time, the Florida Dept. of State told ABC News

Scott still led Nelson by 10,033 votes — a slightly narrower margin than the 12,603 by which he led after the first round of recounting finished.



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