The US Republican party gained another Senate seat on Sunday as the Democrat incumbent in Florida admitted defeat after a manual recount.
The recount gave Governor Rick Scott a lead of just over 10,000 votes over Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson, according to the Florida Division of Elections.
The recount showed Scott with 50.05 per cent of the vote, and Nelson with 49.93 per cent.
Nelson warned against the “gathering darkness” in US politics in a video statement addressing his defeat, and urged US lawmakers to seek common ground with their counterparts to avoid partisan gridlock in the government.
The Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives to the Democrats in the midterm elections, but have narrowly retained control of the Senate. Scott’s win gives them 52 of the 100 seats in the chamber.
President Donald Trump congratulated Scott on a “courageous and successful campaign” in a tweet.
The results are expected to be certified on Tuesday, the Miami Herald reported. Scott had already declared himself the winner on election night on November 6.
Florida decided to manually recount the votes for the Senate seat that was contested in this year’s midterm election after a machine recount showed the gap to be within the legal margin to justify tallying by hand.
The state is often described as “purple,” meaning it can be a toss up between “red” Republicans and “blue” Democrats. In 2000, the presidential race come down to just hundreds of votes in Florida, with George W Bush ultimately declared the winner.