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Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses his election night party in Naples, Fla., after he apparently won the Florida Senate seat from incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., on November 6, 2018.
Florida’s recount is over and Republican Gov. Rick Scott leads incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in the state’s contentious Senate race by more than 10,000 votes.
Official results posted by the state on Sunday showed Scott ahead of Nelson following legally required hand and machine recounts. State officials will certify the final totals Tuesday.
The results show that Scott is poised to end Nelson’s lengthy political career. The three-term incumbent was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000. Nelson, who has not yet formally conceded, has scheduled an announcement later Sunday afternoon.
Scott spent more than $60 million of his own money on ads that portrayed Nelson as out-of-touch and ineffective. Nelson responded by questioning Scott’s ethics and saying he would be under the sway of President Donald Trump.