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The Latest: Officials certify contentious Florida elections

November 20, 2018
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FILE- In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, file photo Florida Gov. Rick Scott arrives for a meeting with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and new GOP senators at the Capitol in Washington. Scott is leading incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson in the state’s contentious Senate race. Official results posted by the state on Sunday, Nov. 18, showed Scott ahead of Nelson following legally-required hand and machine recounts. State officials will certify the final totals on Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Florida’s certification of election results (all times local):

9:05 a.m.

Florida’s election is officially in the books two weeks after a contentious election that led to recounts and finger-pointing.

The Elections Canvassing Commission met Tuesday morning to certify the results of the Nov. 6 election, which was thrown into disarray as recounts were needed to determine the next governor, U.S. senator and agriculture commissioner.

Results were presented to the commission by Secretary of State Ken Detzner during a short ceremony.

Official results turned in Sunday showed Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis was elected governor over Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by 32,463 votes out of more than 8 million cast.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott defeated incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson by 10,033 votes.

The closest race was for the Cabinet position of agriculture commissioner. Democrat Nikki Fried defeated Republican state Rep. Matt Caldwell by 6,753 votes.

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1 a.m.

Two weeks after a contentious election that led to recounts and finger-pointing, Florida’s election will officially be in the books.

The Elections Canvassing Commission will meet Tuesday morning to certify the results of the Nov. 6 election, which was thrown into disarray as tight margins spurred recounts to determine the next governor, U.S. Senator and agriculture commissioner.

Results will be presented to the commission by Secretary of State Ken Detzner in what’s typically a short ceremony.

Official results turned in Sunday showed Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis had a winning margin of 32,463 votes out of more than more than 8 million cast.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott led Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson by 10,033 votes.

The closest race was for the Cabinet position of agriculture commissioner. Democrat Nikki Fried led Republican state Rep. Matt Caldwell by 6,753 votes.

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