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The Latest: US Sen. Nelson concedes to Florida Gov. Scott

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Posted at 3:14 PM, Nov 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-18 21:30:13-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on Florida's election recount (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is ending his bitterly close re-election bid by conceding the race to Republican Rick Scott.

Nelson gave up the fight Sunday to Florida's outgoing governor on a day when Florida's counties had to submit their official results. Those results showed that the three-term incumbent trailed Scott by more than 10,000 votes.

Nelson's concession capped tumultuous days of recounting and political tension in the perennial presidential swing state. It also will likely end the long-running political career of the 76-year-old Nelson. He was first elected to Congress nearly 40 years ago and then to the Senate in 2000.

Nelson and Democrats had filed several lawsuits over the recount, but a federal judge rejected most of them.

Florida will not officially certify the final totals until Tuesday.

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