After a narrow margins in Tuesday's primary elections, Secretary of State Ken Detzner late Thursday ordered machine recounts in the races for a Tampa Bay Senate seat.

Detzner's orders were triggered by a requirement for recounts when results show a candidate winning by 0.5 percent or less. Canvassing boards will have to submit the recount results by 3 p.m. Sunday.

Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes released the results of yesterday’s primary election about twenty minutes early.  Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner says that mistake could be costly.

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According to population data released by the U.S. Census Bureau in June, Florida grew by 1.46 million people from 2010 to 2015 and Hispanics made up 51 percent of that growth.  Registered Hispanic voters are also on the rise and now make up 2 million of the state’s 12.2 million voters.  As the country’s largest swing state, political strategists have their eyes on this crucial demographic.  

Election Day for Florida’s primaries is still two weeks away. But South Florida’s 2.5 million voters who would rather not wait until Aug. 30 to cast their ballots for federal, state and local office have other options.

On the campaign trail in Florida, Donald Trump asserted that the presidential elections could be “rigged.” That’s a touchy subject for a state that was mired in controversy over the presidential ballot count in the 2000 election.

“Among all the offensive things he (Trump) said this week, that’s probably like number seven,” said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in response to Trump's claim.