After months in the spotlight as a key battleground state in the race for the White House between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the vote count in the Sunshine State came down to the wire with little daylight between them. NBC News was calling Trump the apparent winner of the state with 29 electoral votes.
Such a slim margin touched off the prospect of a race so tight that it forces an automatic recount. If so, here's what would happen next.
The last time that happened, in 2000, the race was ultimately decided by just 537 votes out of more than 5 million cast. The recount sparked weeks of close inspection of paper ballots, battles over hanging chads and a legal fight that went all the way to the Supreme Court.
Does this mean we have to go through that whole hanging chad thing again?
Well, no. Florida gave up those punch cards. But the state still relies on paper ballots, which means Florida could provide the nation with another cliffhanger worthy of 2000.
Under Florida law, if the final tally comes in with less a half a percentage point margin, an automatic recount kicks in. That margin is measured by the total votes cast for a particular office, not just the difference between the top two candidates.
But the first recount could happen relatively quickly, because all that's required is a retabulation of the paper ballots by machine.
So this won't take days like the last time, right?
Not necessarily. If the automated recount comes up with a tally that's within a quarter percentage point margin, then Florida law requires a hand recount. That could take a lot longer.