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Dorworth falls further behind Clelland, now 123 votes short, recount set for Sunday

Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel released the following late Thursday night. After a review of provisional ballots Rep. Chris Dorworth has lost even more of his narrow margin against Democratic challenger Mike Clelland, who now has a net 123 vote lead.

From Ertel:

The canvassing board has just completed canvassing of all of Seminole County’s provisional ballots.  The updated numbers are here:

In short, of the provisional ballots which were deemed eligible, Clelland received an additional 228 votes and Dorworth received an additional 142 votes.  The previous lead of 37 was increased to 123.  It is now Clelland-36,977, Dorworth-36,854.

Next step: we have submitted the results to the Florida Department of State.  In accordance with the parameters set by Florida law, I assume the Secretary of State will order a recount of this race.  We have already scheduled a canvassing board meeting for Sunday at 1 p.m. for the conduct of the recount.