Republicans Score Major Upsets in Florida

In a statement Thursday, Gillum's campaign says it underestimated the ballots that still needed to be counted when he conceded.

"We are going to ensure that every vote is counted", Freid tweeted last night.

In short, the Democrats' blue wave hit President Donald Trump's figurative red wall, and once again Florida maintained its reputation for close elections - with Republicans having the edge.

The outcome of elections for state positions could also affect future control of the US House of Representatives.

"I sincerely regret that I couldn't bring it home for you, but I can guarantee you this: I'm not going anywhere", he said during a tearful, 10 minute speech.

Gillum himself took to Facebook Live to address supporters, though he did not explicitly comment on if he thought the recount might result in his win: "In spite of the fact that we're a little bit down in the numbers, we're hopeful that every single vote will be counted in this race", he said. Scott has accused him of trying to "steal" the election. Bill Nelson, who was first elected in 2000.

Voters headed to the polls on Tuesday for the midterm elections.

If you take a look at election results, votes were almost cut right down the middle between parties, a difference of 0.58 percentage points at last check.

In the Senate race, Nelson trailed Scott by about 17,000 votes, a margin of 0.22 points.

The race was the much-anticipated match-up of the ideological wings of each of the major political parties, with DeSantis representing the GOP base that backed Trump, Gillum representing the activist grassroots element of the Democratic Party.

But Scott campaign spokesman Chris Hartline called Elias a "hired gun" and added, "for Bill Nelson, the task is getting the "win" ...no matter what".

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson speaks during a rally for Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum at CFE Arena on the campus of UCF in Orlando, Fla. on November 3.

Before then, election canvassing boards in each county will review provisional ballots to determine if they are valid.

Wiles said a big question mark concerned how many independent voters would turn out and if they would break for any particular candidate.

Election officials in other Florida counties may have disclosed the identities of which voters cast provisional ballots, however.

By 2 a.m. EST (0700 GMT), Kemp held a three-point lead, but Abrams told her supporters that she expected a runoff once all votes were counted.

Broward has been the scene of drama since the election, with the Nelson campaign holding off on conceding Tuesday night due to votes from seven precincts that had to be driven to elections centers and manually entered from thumb drives. She said Democrats set up phone banks and began calling those voters, urging them to go to county offices to present their identification information so that their ballots will count.

  • Jon Douglas