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FULL RESULTS: Recount Expected in Senate Race; DeSantis Wins Florida Gov.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Race For US Senate From Florida Heading to Recount

    NBC 6's Darryl Forges has more as the race between Rick Scott and Bill Nelson was so close it triggered an automatic recap in the state.

    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018)

    For complete Decision 2018 election results, click here.

    After months of campaigning, millions spent on political advertisements and thousands of miles traveled between candidates, Election Day in Florida concluded in dramatic fashion.

    Though Florida's Democrats helped the party seize control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Republicans walked away with strong victories by possibly flipping a U.S. Senate seat and by holding on to the Florida governorship.

    Decision 2018: Live Election Results

    Source: AP
    Credit: Sam Hart/NBC

    KEY RACES

    U.S. Senate – Rick Scott declared victory in the U.S. Senate race, but Bill Nelson will not concede Wednesday after a statewide recount was expected.

    NBC News has not yet projected a winner in the U.S. Senate in Florida election as it is too close to call.

    Florida has a mandatory recount rule if the candidates are within 0.5 percentage points of one another. State officials will not officially order a recount until Saturday, when the first set of unofficial returns are due.

    After Scott delivered a speech late Tuesday night in which he claimed victory, Nelson staffers said Nelson conceded the race and would speak Wednesday. However, Nelson's Chief of Staff told NBC News to not expect a speech at this time after the campaign noticed the percentage difference.

    The U.S. Senate seat was fiercely contested between Democratic incumbent Nelson and Republican nominee Scott, the outgoing governor. Nelson has held the seat since 2001 and decisively won reelection in 2006 and 2012. Scott would join U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Florida would have two Republican senators for the first time since 1875 if he comes out on top.

    A Scott campaign spokesperson called the race "over".

    "It's a sad way for Bill Nelson to end his career," Chris Hartline told NBC News. "He is desperately trying to hold on to something that no longer exists."

    Florida Governor – Republican candidate Ron DeSantis won the Florida governor election. Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded.

    DeSantis is a Tea Party-associated conservative politician from Jacksonville who resigned from the U.S. House to focus on the election. President Donald Trump endorsed DeSantis.

    The Democrats nominated Tallahassee Mayor Gillum, who ran on a progressive platform and racked up endorsements from political heavyweights such as former President Barack Obama and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The last Democrat to win the Florida governorship was Lawton Chiles in 1994.

    Andrew Gillum Concedes Governor's RaceAndrew Gillum Concedes Governor's Race

    Mayor Andrew Gillum concedes the governor's race against Ron DeSantis.

    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018)

    CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

    AMENDMENT 1 REJECTED – Florida voters have rejected a measure that would have lowered home property taxes.

    AMENDMENT 2 APPROVED – Florida voters have frozen the size of tax assessment increases on commercial, rental and other properties that do not have a homestead exemption.

    AMENDMENT 3 APPROVED – Florida voters approve constitutional amendment measure limiting future casinos outside Indian reservations.

    AMENDMENT 4 APPROVED – Florida voters approve constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to most felons.

    AMENDMENT 5 APPROVED – Florida voters approved a measure making it harder for lawmakers to impose, authorize or raise taxes. Tax increases would have to be approved by a two-thirds majority of the Legislature.

    AMENDMENT 6 APPROVED – Florida voters approve a sweeping measure aimed at broadening crime victims' rights.

    AMENDMENT 7 APPROVED – Florida voters approved a measure that requires death benefits for the survivors of first responders and active-duty soldiers and makes it harder to raise university fees.

    AMENDMENT 9 APPROVED – Florida voters have approved a measure that bans both offshore oil drilling and the use of electronic cigarettes in most enclosed workplaces.

    AMENDMENT 10 APPROVED – Florida voters approved a measure adding two new state agencies, setting the Legislature's start date in even years and requiring counties to have and elect certain offices.

    AMENDMENT 11 APPROVED – Florida voters approved "bundled amendment" related to two provisions largely referred to as “housekeeping” matters that would eliminate discriminatory language related to property rights, as well as delete a section concerning high-speed transportation. A third provision could open the door for the Legislature to allow criminals to challenge their prosecutions.

    AMENDMENT 12 APPROVED – Florida votes to bans public officials from taking paid lobbying jobs until six years after they've completed service.

    AMENDMENT 13 APPROVED – Florida votes to ban greyhound racing by 2021, signaling possible end of the sport in the United States.

    For a detailed explanation of the dozen amendments, review the NBC 6 Constitutional Amendments Voter Guide.

    OTHER RESULTS

    Florida Attorney General – Republican Ashley Moody has defeated Democratic candidate Sean Shaw.

    Chief Financial Officer – Republican-appointed incumbent Jimmy Patronis has been elected Florida's chief financial officer.

    Florida State Attorney – Republican Amira Fox ran unopposed.

    U.S HOUSE CONTESTS IN FLORIDA

    Democrats flipped two seats: Miami-Dade County's District 26 and District 27. In total, Democrats won 13 and Republicans retain 14 U.S. House seats.

    Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz has been re-elected in Florida's District 1.

    Republican U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn has been re-elected in Florida's District 2.

    Republican U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho has been re-elected in Florida's District 3.

    Republican U.S. Rep. John Rutherford has been re-elected in Florida's District 4.

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Al Lawson has been re-elected in Florida's District 5.

    Republican Michael Waltz has won the election in Florida's District 6.

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy has won a second term in Florida's District 7.

    Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Posey has won re-election in Florida's District 8.

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Darren Soto has won a second term in Florida's District 9.

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings won after running unopposed in Florida's District 10.

    Republican U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster has won a fifth term in Florida's District 11.

    Republican U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has won re-election in Florida's District 12.

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has won re-election in Florida's District 13.

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor won after running unopposed in Florida's District 14.

    Republican U.S. Rep. Ross Spano has won in Florida's District 15.

    Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan has been re-elected to a seventh term in Florida's District 16.

    Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Steube has won the election in Florida's District 17.

    Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast has won re-election in Florida's District 18.

    Republican U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney has won a second term in Florida's District 19.

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings won after running unopposed in Florida's District 20.

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel won after running unopposed in Florida's District 21.

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch has been re-elected in Florida's District 22.

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has been re-elected in Florida's District 23.

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson won after running unopposed in Florida's District 24.

    Republican U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart has won re-election in Florida's District 25.

    Democratic candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell has won the election for Florida's District 26.

    Democratic candidate Donna Shalala has won the election for Florida's District 27.

    For more in-depth information on the 2018 general elections, follow NBC 6's Decision 2018 coverage.

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