The US state of Florida has ordered a recount of the votes for state governor and senator more than three days after the polls closed in contested midterm elections.
According to unofficial results filed by the counties, Republican Governor Rick Scott leads incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson by more than 12,500 votes, or a gap of just 0.15 percent, in the race for the Senate.
In the governor’s race, former Republican congressman Ron DeSantis is ahead of Andrew Gillum, the Democratic mayor of Tallahassee, by nearly 34,000 votes, or 0.41 percent.
Scott and DeSantis had declared victory in the gubernatorial and Senate races on Tuesday.
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said that a recount was required by law as unofficial results in both races were within a close margin of 0.5 percent.
The two ballots are among the most important yet to be decided in the country.
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