Former Governor Rick Scott Wins Florida U.S. Senate Seat After Manual Recount

Republican Rick Scott, Florida’s outgoing governor, was declared the winner of the state’s U.S. Senate race on Sunday. This comes following a manual recount of ballots in the tight contest against three-term Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.

In the recount of the Nov. 6 election, Scott won by 10,033 votes out of 8.19 million cast statewide, Florida elections officials said on Sunday. Scott took 50.05 percent, compared with 49.93 percent for Nelson, the officials added.

The battle between Nelson and Scott and the race to replace Scott as governor both were closely watched contests. On Saturday, Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded to Republican rival Ron DeSantis in the governor’s race, which also went to a recount.

Florida recount: Rick Scott takes U.S. Senate seat from Bill Nelson


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