Florida orders recount of votes

BY: Daily Graphic
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Florida has ordered a machine recount of votes for state governor and senator following last Tuesday's closely fought mid-term elections, officials have said.

 Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said that as unofficial results in both races had fallen within a margin of 0.5 per cent, a recount was required by law.

The two ballots are among the most important yet to be decided.

US President Donald Trump responded to the news by accusing Democrats of trying to "steal" the elections

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The state's Republican Governor Rick Scott, who is standing for the senate, also warned of electoral fraud, but neither he nor President Trump offered any evidence to back their claims.

The recounts were expected to take several days, but analysts said possible legal challenges mean it could take weeks for the winners to be confirmed.