Democrat Bill Nelson concedes defeat to GOP’s Rick Scott after recount, bitter Florida race

Democrat Bill Nelson concedes defeat to GOP’s Rick Scott after recount, bitter Florida race

Bill Nelson concedes Florida Senate race to Rick Scott after manual recount

Barnini Chakraborty

By Barnini Chakraborty | Fox News

Florida’s long-time Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson conceded to Republican challenger Gov. Rick Scott Sunday, drawing the hotly contested race to represent the Sunshine State to a close after 12 days of legal wrangling.

According to the Florida Secretary of State’s office, Scott led Nelson by approximately 10,000 votes after the state’s 67 counties completed machine and manual recounts

Nelson, who served three terms in the U.S. Senate, met his match in Scott, who launched a competitive campaign for Florida votes. Scott, a two-term governor of the state, said Nelson called him to “graciously” concede and that Scott, in turn, thanked Nelson for his years of service. Scott has now won narrow victories in three statewide races since 2010.

“Now the campaign truly is behind us, and that’s where we need to leave it,” Scott said. “We must do what Americans have always done: come together for the good of our state and our country.”

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