Florida's secretary of state on Saturday officially ordered machine recounts in three statewide elections -- U.S. senator, governor and agriculture commissioner -- after receiving unofficial election results from all 67 counties.
All three races were within a half-percentage point, triggering the machine recount, according to Secretary of State Ken Detzner. County election officials will feed ballots into machines and report the results by 3 p.m. Thursday. If the results are within a quarter-percentage-point margin or less, there will be a hand recount with results due by noon Nov. 18.
The Senate race is within .15 -- with Gov. Rick Scott leading incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson by less than 13,000 votes out of more than 8 million votes cast -- 4,098,107 to 4,085.545 -- in Tuesday's election.
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