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BC-US--Election 2018-Senate,ADVISORY, US

November 7, 2018

Editors:

The race for U.S. Senate in Florida between Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Rick Scott is too close to call.

As of 6 p.m. EST Wednesday, with all precincts reporting, Scott holds a lead of 30,264 votes out of more than 8.1 million ballots counted — a margin of less than one half of 1 percent. Election officials say early votes are still being tabulated in some counties.

Under state law in Florida, a recount is mandatory if the winning candidate’s margin is less than 0.5 percentage points.

The Associated Press does not call any race that may proceed to a recount.

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The race for U.S. Senate in Arizona between Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is too close to call.

As of 6 p.m. EST Wednesday, McSally holds a lead of 15,403 votes out of more than 1.7 million counted — a margin of less than 1 percent.

Election officials plan to update the count in the coming days. Roughly 25 percent of votes in Arizona are counted after Election Day.

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The AP, Washington

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