Which Florida races are heading for a recount?
Old territory, new faces. (Image via Getty)

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And when will that be settled?

For most Florida campaigns, the Primary ended on Tuesday evening — but not all of them. In contests across the state, the process of getting out every vote was met with near identical vigor and intensity, and as a result outcomes remain uncertain until mandatory recounts take place.

What’s the process? Mark Ard, State Department external affairs director, laid out the process for Florida Politics.

First off, it’s important to note the initial tabulation of votes remains incomplete. While most votes were tallied on Aug. 23, there remain votes to be counted, including provisional ballots cast at polls but kept separate, as well as military overseas ballots cast before the day of the election but which have a longer allowed window to arrive in Florida.

Supervisors of Elections had until noon on Aug. 26 to submit the first unofficial results to the state.

At that point, for any federal, state and multicounty races in Florida where two candidates are within 0.5 percentage points of one another, Secretary of State Cord Byrd will order a machine recount. For local jurisdictions, which may have different rules on determining election winners, local officials will order recounts as needed.

Supervisors, after testing calibrations of machines, will then tabulate all votes a second time to come up with a new total in the race. Offices have until 3 p.m. on Aug. 28 to submit this second set of unofficial results to the state. In the event the totals remain within 0.25 percentage points, a second recount will be ordered, this one conducted manually by deputized elections officials in appropriate counties of only the votes tabulated as undercounts or overcounts.

County Supervisors have until 5 p.m. on Aug. 30 to submit final official results to the states for certification. That means it could be nearly a week after the Aug. 23 election that a final victor becomes clear.

What does that mean for candidates? A number of races came down to mandatory recount margins, and some appear on their way to manual recounts. From smallest to largest margins as of noon Aug. 24, the Division of Election-managed races still in flux are listed below.

Florida House District 29 (R) — Margin of 0.18 percentage points

This is the state’s only race pitting two legislative incumbents against one another as a result of redistricting. Rep. Webster Barnaby, a DeBary Republican, clings to a 26-vote lead on Rep. Elizabeth Fetterhoff, a DeLand Republican. The winner faces Democrat Rick Karl in November in a Republican-leaning seat.

Florida’s 4th Congressional District (D) — Margin of 0.36 percentage points

While state Sen. Aaron Bean cruised to the Republican nomination for this open seat, the contest for the Democratic nomination remains too close to call. LaShonda Hollaway holds a 206-vote lead over Tony Hill.

Florida’s 22nd Congressional District (R) — Margin of 0.38 percentage points

While Democratic U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel remains a favorite in this deep blue district, it remains uncertain who she will face in November. Dan Franzese boasts a 132-vote edge on Deborah Adeimy in the Republican Primary.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Impeach Biden

    August 24, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    Look at that Democrat trying so hard to find another Al Gore vote. Remember the head of elections in Palm Beach County at that time was a Democrat and designed that particular ballot.

    • Ocean Joe

      August 24, 2022 at 1:22 pm

      That was up until the Roger Stone inspired Brooks Brothers riot, which interrupted the process … a preview of what Stone and others tried to do on Jan 6.
      A Democratic controlled Florida Supreme Court got overruled by a Republican US Supreme Court and what did we get?
      A big fat disastrous war in Iraq and then Afghanistan, and the Great Recession of 2008.

      • Charlotte Greenbarg

        August 25, 2022 at 7:50 am

        I lived in South Florida during that time. It was no riot. Dade county vote counters refused to allow anyone to watch what they were doing. The usual Democrat games.

        • Charlie Crist

          August 26, 2022 at 1:13 pm

          @Charlotte: Democrat games? No it’s you idiots game to stand around and intimidate voters or bring up some phoney allegation in order to advance conservative Republican rot within this great nation. The GOP has been doing stupid sht for the last 20 years and many people have had it with you crooks. And instead of looking inward and changing deplorable behavior you people just double down and try to steal elections while trying to insist that the other side is doing so. You people have lost your GD minds … danger to America.

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