TALLAHASSEE, FLA. -- The primary election has gone into extra innings for three races.
Elections officials Friday ordered recounts in three races that were too close to call. According to state statute, a recount i mandatory whenever a candidate's margin of victory is 0.5 percent or less.
Three legislative contests hit that bar Tuesday.
In Palm Beach County, a Democratic primary for state Senate has just 34 votes separating state Rep. Jeff Clemens and Mark Bernard. Clemens has the lead, according to the initial reports, though that could change after the recount.
In a state House primary, the margin is even closer. Rep. Barbara Watson leads Patrick Julien by a mere 26 votes. That race is the Democratic side of the District 107 race in the Miami-Dade County area.
Cary Pigman is the leader on the Republican side of a close race in state House District 55.
Pigman was 31 votes ahead of contender Randy Johnson for a district that includes parts of Glades, Highlands, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties.
A recount could change the complexion of any of these races.
The counties involved have until 3 p.m. local time Sunday to finish the recounts and provide the results to state officials.