The Democrat Bill Nelson, a well-known Florida politician, on Sunday granted what would have been his re-election career to Republican Rick Scott.
The narrow contest, from which the outgoing governor emerges, was marked by a tense and even turbulent account.
Nelson resigned in his quest to lengthen his longevity in power after days of acrimony and a restless recounted that he finally brought the deadline from Sunday to noon to deliver the official results.
Florida will not officially certify the final percentages until Tuesday, however they show that Nelson stepped on Scott’s heels for just under 10,000 votes.
“It has been a rewarding journey as well as a lesson in humility,” Nelson said in a statement. “I did not emerge victorious in this contest but I still want to strongly reaffirm the cause for which we are fighting: a public office is a public loan.”
The outgoing governor of Florida, Republican Rick Scott, was declared the winner of the contest for the seat in the United States Senate on Sunday.
In the November 6 election recount, Scott won by 10,033 votes out of the $ 8.19 million cast statewide, Florida election officials said Sunday. Scott won 50.05 percent, compared to Nelson’s 49.93 percent, the officials added.
Nelson, first elected to the Senate in 2000, is the most recent Democratic senator defeated in the mid-term parliamentary elections in which Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate, but lost control of the House of Representatives.
Scott, who was prevented by state law from running for a third term as governor, came out of the November 6 vote with an advantage of less than 0.5 percentage points, which resulted in a count of the ballots. Republicans, including Trump, made allegations, without offering evidence, that the process was affected by fraud.
The battle between Nelson and Scott and the race to replace Scott as governor were close contests in which the Democrats had hoped to overthrow the Republicans.
On Saturday, Democrat Andrew Gillum awarded Republican rival Ron DeSantis, an ally of Trump, in the race for state governorship, which also went to a recount.