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After manual recount, Rick Scott wins U.S. Senate seat

Incumbent Bill Nelson concedes close Florida race

November 18, 2018 - 2:54 pm

TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Rick Scott has defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, after a manual recount and Nelson calling to concede their extremely tight race.

Scott issued a statement Sunday saying Nelson "graciously conceded" their Senate race shortly after the state's recount ended.

Nelson gave up the fight Sunday to Florida's outgoing governor on a day when Florida's counties had to submit their official results. Those results showed that the three-term incumbent trailed Scott by more than 10,000 votes.

Nelson's concession capped tumultuous days of recounting and political tension in the perennial presidential swing state.

It also will likely end the long-running political career of the 76-year-old Nelson. He was first elected to Congress nearly 40 years ago and then to the Senate in 2000.

Nelson and Democrats had filed several lawsuits over the recount, but a federal judge rejected most of them.

Official results posted by the state on Sunday showed Scott ahead following legally required hand and machine recounts. State officials will certify the final totals Tuesday.

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