One week after the election, Florida still has no senator for the state and no governor, as both those races are still in recounts. In the governor's race, you had Ron DeSantis, the Republican, leading by 84,000 votes on Wednesday after election day. And that lead evaporated to 44,000 on Saturday. And on the Senate race, you have Bill Nelson, the current Democratic senator. He is now behind Rick Scott, the Republican, by about 12,000 votes compared to 40,000 votes when polls closed on Tuesday.
So basically what the Democrats are trying to do right now, especially Bill Nelson, is to make sure this recount process goes on as long as possible and that they get any ballots that aren't counted, counted. So one issue of concern is Broward County, you saw about 20,000 voters or more not vote in the Senate race, but vote in the governor's race. And the Democrats are saying that maybe this was a problem with the ballot design and it wasn't very clear to those voters where the Senate race question was on the ballot.
You also have Democrats saying that there are certain issues with mail in ballots and do the signatures need to match? And basically, all this is doing is creating this kind of drawn out process in Florida, which, as we all know, was home to the 2000 recount efforts, and caused a lot of headaches for the rest of the country. Rick Scott, the Republican Senate candidate, was in Washington DC this week, along with all the other new freshman senators.
So Republicans feel pretty confident that he is going to win, but this is a process that could still drag on. The machine recount for the Senate race was supposed to have finished on Thursday. But there is a hand recount as well because it's expected to be lower than a quarter of a percentage point difference between the two candidates. So we could be seeing this going on for a couple of weeks into the future.