Elias, who has worked on other successful recount efforts, told reporters that he has in the past had to level with candidates in close races who just didn't have the votes to win a recount. If it goes within.25, it triggers a manual recount.
As ballots continue to be counted across the state, the state's gubernatorial race and US Senate seat race have passed new recount thresholds.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has raised concern about two Florida counties that are still counting votes two days after the November 6 election. We'll let the lawyers do what they got to do.
Now the vote margin is within striking distance of an automatic recount, and both parties are bracing for it. The race is headed for a recount, as are the contests for governor and agriculture commissioner.
Fox News host Bret Baier compared the Florida recounts to the 2000 presidential recount in the state.
The campaign says it's monitoring the situation and preparing for a possible state-mandated recount.
Florida is once again at the center of election controversy, but this year there are no hanging chads or butterfly ballots like in 2000. But if the issue is voters overlooking the race, Nelson will likely be out of luck, according to election experts.
This means the margin is close enough to trigger a machine recount.
Nikki Fried leads Matt Caldwell by just 575 votes, according to the Florida Division of Elections.
"It's a jump ball", Elias said. "Nelson is going to be declared the victor and return to the U.S. Senate", Elias said Thursday.
These ballots are the last to be counted and are verified by county canvassing boards.
Nelson hired a veteran recount attorney, Marc Elias, who said a manual recount is a "virtual certainty" and that Broward and nearby Palm Beach counties' outstanding ballots would put Nelson over the top. She also did not know how many provisional, military and mismarked ballots needed to be counted.
Nelson was been viewed as one of the more vulnerable Democrats thanks to the formidable challenge from Scott, a multimillionaire businessman who has poured more than $60 million of his own fortune into his campaign.
Mr Nelson said in a public statement on Wednesday: "We are proceeding to a recount" despite his opponent already claiming victory in the swing state. "Maybe next, he'll start ranting that Russians stole the election from him". Those included instances where a voter might have over-voted, trying to cross out a choice and indicating a preferred one with an arrow.
"There are a lot of unknowns right now", said Daniel Smith, a University of Florida political scientist and voting expert. "This is a waste of time and it is because they can't come to grips with the fact that they lost".
Following Scott's presser, Sen.
Republican Martha McSally leads Democrat Kyrsten Sinema by around 17,000 votes, but there are still over 600,000 mail-in votes to count in a process that could take days.
"Concerned citizen sees ballots being transported in private vehicles & transferred to rented truck on Election night", Canova wrote in his tweet that contained the video.
In Arizona, another tight senate race has yet to conclude - and the state's Republican party is now suing over how some counties handle mail-in ballots, USA media report.