UPDATE: FRIDAY 4:30 P.M. | (AP) Republican Ron DeSantis says Florida election results are clear and he is moving forward as he prepares to be the state's next governor.
"Those results are clear and unambiguous, just as they were on Election Night," DeSantis, a former congressman, said in a video posted Saturday on YouTube by the Republican Party of Florida.
Unofficial election results submitted Saturday show DeSantis ahead of Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by less than 0.5 percentage points. Under state law, that margin requires a machine recount of ballots.
While DeSantis said it's important to follow state law, he added, "With the election behind us, it's now time to come together as a state as we prepare to serve all Floridians."
UPDATE: FRIDAY 2:45 P.M. | Andrew Gillum spoke at 3 p.m. Saturday following the state-wide ordered recount in the U.S. Senate and governor races.
Gillum announced that he is removing his earlier concession in "a call to count every vote."
(AP) In the press conference Gillum said, "I am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromised and unapologetic call that we count every single vote," Gillum said at a press conference in Tallahassee on Saturday.
Unofficial election results showed Republican former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis ahead of Gillum by less than 0.5 percentage points. Under state law, such a margin requires a machine recount of ballots.
Gillum had conceded the race to DeSantis on Tuesday night.
UPDATE Friday Noon: Machine recounts have been ordered by the Secretary of State for the U.S. Senate, Governor and Commissioner of Agriculture races, according to the Florida Department of State.
The Florida secretary of state is ordering recounts in the U.S. Senate and governor races, an unprecedented review of two major races in the state that took five weeks to decide the 2000 presidential election.
Secretary Ken Detzner issued the order on Saturday after the unofficial results in both races fell within the margin that by law triggers a recount.
The deadline for the recount is November 15.
The unofficial results show that Republican former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis led Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by less than 0.5 percentage points, which will require a machine recount of ballots.
In the Senate race, Republican Gov. Rick Scott's lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson is less than 0.25 percentage points, which will require a hand recount of ballots from tabulation machines that couldn't determine which candidate got the vote