UPDATE: Thursday 8:40 p.m. | Governor Rick Scott has called on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to immediately investigate the "rampant fraud" in Broward and Palm Beach counties in response to the Senate election process.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott's campaign for Senate and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have filed a lawsuit as his leading vote margin continues to fall.
Scott also called on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to immediately investigate the "rampant fraud" in Broward and Palm Beach counties in response to the Senate election process.
UPDATE: Thursday 7:30 p.m. | Florida Governor Rick Scott to make statement at 8:15 p.m. Thursday night regarding election results. He will be speaking from the Governor's Mansion in Tallahassee.
Stay tuned to First Coast News for an update on this story.
UPDATE: Wednesday 10:10 a.m. | The chief of staff for Bill Nelson, Pete Mitchell, tells NBC’s Kerry Sanders there will be a re-count per state law (which requires an automatic recount if less than a half percent between the vote totals.)
The race for U.S. Senate in Florida between Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Rick Scott is too close to call.
As of 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Scott's lead is 34,537 votes out of more than 8 million cast - a 0.43 margin.
Under state law in Florida, a recount is mandatory if the winning candidate's margin is less than 0.5 percentage points.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Scott had about 4,073,835 votes and Nelson had about 4,039,298 votes as of 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Scott declared victory in the race late Tuesday night.
Nelson has not publicly conceded. Nelson's campaign staff said a full statement would be coming Wednesday morning.
Scott's campaign released a statement shortly after Nelson's recount:
"This race is over. It's a sad way for Bill Nelson to end his career. He is desperately trying to hold on to something that no longer exists," said Chris Hartline, Rick Scott's spokesman.