Election officials in Florida have reached a Thursday afternoon deadline to complete a statewide machine recount in three contested elections for Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner, AP reports. But Palm Beach has missed the mandated deadline, which election officials said was due to technical issues with the county's out-of-date machines.
Why it matters: This comes just minutes after a federal judge rejected a request sought by Democrats to suspend Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline — a significant defeat for Democrat Bill Nelson, who sought the request and is trailing behind Republican Gov. Rick Scott in a tight Senate race. The results will be certified Tuesday.