Three legislative races go to recounts

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One Senate primary and two House races headed to recounts Friday, after a deadline for counties to report unofficial results from Tuesday’s elections, reports the News Service of Florida.

Chris Cate, a spokesman for the Florida Division of Elections, said in a Twitter message that a recount is required in the Senate District 27 battle between Reps. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, and Mack Bernard, D-West Palm Beach. Recounts also are required in a House District 55 race between former Rep. Randy Johnson, R-Sebring, and Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, and in a District 107 race between Reps. John Patrick Julien, D-North Miami Beach, and Barbara Watson, D-Miami Gardens. The recounts were triggered because each race was decided by less than one-half of 1 percent of the votes cast.

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