Nelson's lawyer called that race a "jump ball" - though Scott's campaign urged Nelson to concede.
Scott's campaign announced Friday that the National Republican Senatorial Committee has retained the Gibson Dunn law firm on behalf of the campaign.
The threshold for a recount will be determined by the number of ballots reported by the canvassing board by noon Saturday.
"I think it is fair to say right now that the results of the 2018 Senate election are unknown and you and election officials should treat it as such", said Elias. It is AP policy not to call a race that is facing a recount. "This morning we spoke with the Department of State and they indicated that at this time they had no allegations of fraud".
Scott holds a razor-thin lead over Nelson.
In his successful 2014 reelection for governor, he came in 5 percentage points below Charlie Crist in Monroe.
Nonetheless, Scott has openly suggested the officials were attempting to fraudulently win the election for Nelson. The race remains too close to call, with Nelson narrowly trailing Scott.
Nelson is suing the Florida Secretary of State and demanding the state count every mail-in and provisional ballot deemed to have a so-called "signature mismatch". Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Snipes ignored his request and destroyed the ballots months later, even signing a certificate saying there was no ongoing legal challenge involving the ballots.
- Gov. Rick Scott lashed out Thursday night at elections supervisors in Broward and Palm Beach counties as "incompetent" and part of an effort to "thwart the will of the people", as the margin of his apparent U.S. Senate victory has narrowed and likely will require a recount.
Elias said Democrats historically tend to pick up votes in recounts, especially hand recounts.
Not only does it seem like this led to confusion, this exact problem was anticipated by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission more than a decade ago.
Scott said "unethical liberals" were trying to steal the election in Democratic strongholds of Broward and Palm Beach County. "What is unusual is to undervote the top of the ticket", Elias said, via RollCall. Earlier the president said "there could be" when asked by reporters whether he'd direct a federal intervention in the Florida race. Rick Scott as the two sides prepare for a possible recount. A hearing was set for 3 p.m.in state court.
Scott filed a lawsuit Thursday night against Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, asking the court to order Snipes to turn over several records detailing the counting and collection of ballots.
The US President Donald trump has offered to accuse Russian Federation of problems with determining the victor of elections in the American States of Florida and Georgia.
Sarah Revell, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of State, said she didn't know of any other recount in a governor or Senate race in state history.