After nearly two weeks of recounts and lawsuits, it is over in Florida.
Gov. Rick Scott has officially defeated incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson to win the Sunshine State’s U.S. Senate seat and ensure that Florida will now have two Republican senators and a GOP governor.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) November 18, 2018
After realizing he has no options remaining, Nelson has called Rick Scott to concede.
Senator Bill Nelson concedes after hand recount in Florida. Now it’s Senator-election Rick Scott officially.
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) November 18, 2018
According to the CNN report, Nelson gained about 2,570 votes on Scott as a result of the manual recount, which was well short of the 12,603 he needed to make up.
Gov. Rick Scott says Sen. Bill Nelson called to concede: "I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of public service."
— Dan Merica (@merica) November 18, 2018
It’s been a while since Florida had two Republican senators.
USA Today reports that with Republican Rick Scott's win over Democrat Bill Nelson in Florida's Senate race that this is the first time since the Reconstruction era that Florida has had two GOP senators.
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 18, 2018
Nelson is expected to make a statement later today officially suspending his campaign.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with an additional tweet.