The unofficial vote is in line with the Florida elections that would take place no later than Saturday afternoon, which could lead to recount in the fiercely controversial races for the governor and the US Senate.
At stake was the tight and fragile American Senate race between the Republican Government Rick Scott and the incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. The race of the governor between the former Republican USA Rep. Ron DeSantis and the Democratic mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum, may also face a recount.
The recounts reflect a deeply divided electorate in a state that will play a crucial role in the 2020 election and will determine whether Nelson will return to Washington for a fourth term or whether the republicans will fill their majority in the Senate.
Gillum gave DeSantis Tuesday night, but when the results were limited, he said that every vote should count. DeSantis said little about the recount and instead went on as if he were winning the election, recruiting a transition team and getting ready to go to work in January.
Heated Senate fight
The battle for Nelson's Senate seat has been much more heated, with both parties filing lawsuits and trading verbal jabs. Scott has said that Nelson is trying to steal the election, while Nelson accuses Scott of trying to prevent electoral officials from counting every vote.
Scott had asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate electoral divisions in the Democratic Dawn Broward and Palm Beach districts of South Florida after his lead was narrowed by counting the votes that lasted the whole week. A spokeswoman for the agency said on Friday, however, that there are no credible allegations of fraud; therefore no active research.
The governor, meanwhile, filed lawsuits in both provinces, seeking more information about how their votes were counted. Nelson filed his own federal lawsuit, Friday, and tried to postpone the Saturday deadline to file unofficial election results.
Judges were on the side of Scott in statements that Friday late election supervisors in the two provinces ordered to release information on ballot papers requested by the governor.
Meanwhile, the Broward Canvassing Board met Friday to review ballot papers that were initially considered ineligible. Lawyers from the campaigns, journalists and citizens came together in a room to observe the procedure.
Very tight races
Scott's lead had fallen to 0.18 percentage points on Friday evening, a gap of less than 15,000 out of nearly 8.2 million votes cast and below the threshold for a recount. The Florida law requires a recalculation of the machine if the margin of the main candidate is 0.5 percentage point or less and a hand repeat if it is 0.25 or less.
In the race for governor, DeSantis led 0.43 percentage points at the end of Friday.
A third race across the whole state that could go to a recount, the race of the agricultural commissioner between Democrat Nikki Fried and the republican Matt Caldwell, is the tightest of all, with Fried with a lead of 3,120 votes, a margin of 0.039 percent .