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Democrat Incumbent Bill Nelson Calls for Recount Against Rick Scott in Florida Senate Race

Florida Senate race, Sen. Bill Nelson (D), Gov. Rick Scott (R)

In a midterm election twist, the campaign of incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson announced that his race against two-time Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott is headed for a recount.

The contest appears to be too close to call, with Scott leading his opponent by a mere 34,537 votes – less than one-half point, which is the threshold for a state-mandated recount.

Nelson’s campaign says it will have the 67 county supervisor of elections recheck the tally, watching for “any irregularities, mistakes or unusual partisan activities."

Scott's campaign, however, insists the “the race is over.”

"It's a sad way for Bill Nelson to end his career,” Chris Hartline, spokesman for Scott for Florida, said. “He is desperately trying to hold on to something that no longer exists."

News of a recount comes as Senate Democrats suffered losses in Indiana, North Dakota, and Missouri.

Sen. Nelson easily won his past statewide elections, but Republicans banked on political heavyweight Gov. Scott to oust the long-term senator.


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