Florida’s vote recounting appears to be complete.Around midday, the state’s Division of Elections updated its website to show Gov. Rick Scott leading sitting Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson by 10,033 votes in the narrow U.S. Senate race that has dragged on since Election Day.
Counties had faced a noon deadline on Sunday to finish a manual recount of certain votes and submit their updated numbers to the state. The state’s website indicated those recounts had been completed, and all counties made the deadline, according to the Florida Department of State.
Nelson’s campaign announced the two-term senator and former astronaut would make a public statement at 3 p.m.
Scott’s lead had narrowed slightly, from 12,603 votes after an initial round of recounts — machine recounts of nearly all ballots — concluded on Thursday. Nelson suffered a series of setbacks late this week, as lawsuits to count more ballots failed in federal court.
An at-times messy vote recount in the Sunshine State has drawn national attention as officials have had to re-feed ballots through counting machines — and then hand-examine thousands of ballots since Friday.