By Letitia Stein of Reuters
Florida elections officials are racing to recount ballots this week after razor-thin voting margins left the state’s marquee contests for the U.S. Senate and governor too close to call.
Republicans took the lead in last Tuesday’s elections, but their margins narrowed and state-mandated recounts were ordered after the processing of more than 8 million ballots cast. President Donald Trump is calling for the recounts to end, saying without evidence that Democrats are out to steal his party’s wins in America’s largest political battleground state.
The drama, which has included dueling lawsuits and unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud, has evoked memories of the state’s 2000 presidential vote recount where the winner of the White House hung in the balance for weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the counting and Republican George W. Bush triumphed over Democrat Al Gore.
What happens next? Here is a guide to understanding the 2018 Florida recount.