The same holds true for Florida's U.S. Senate race, where Republican Rick Scott has a narrow lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.
At that time, the winners of the races would be declared once and for all.
Scott and Nelson, meanwhile, have hired lawyers and have demanded information on those who cast provisional ballots on Tuesday.
Talking to reporters Tuesday night in Orlando, DeSantis said his court appointees "will be very, very smart, very principled people, but they're going to understand that their role is to apply the law and not rewrite the law".
Additionally, most counties have yet to review and tabulate all provisional ballots cast in the election, and there's also a 10-day window on overseas vote-by-mail ballots to come into elections offices.
And like 2000, the counting process is becoming contentious.
It's unknown how many provisional ballots have been cast statewide in Florida this year.
According to the Associated Press, they are closely monitoring the race for governor, where election officials continue to count absentee ballots.
"I will not stand idly by as unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of Florida", Scott said.
In a statement, Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Juan Penalosa said: "This race is too close to call, and there are still thousands of votes to be counted".
His lead narrowed as final ballots in heavily Democratic Broward and Palm Beach counties were counted Wednesday and Thursday. A hearing on that case was set for Friday afternoon.
"You see, we not only have to win elections, we have to win them with enough of a buffer that all the cheating that goes on doesn't affect the outcome", Levin said.
Trump tweets: "Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach". In addition, they offered no explanation for why the alleged problems and continuing vote counts appear to be occurring only in precincts that traditionally skew in favor of Democrats. "And all of the sudden they're finding votes out of nowhere".
"It's a little early to say how it's going to play out", Foley said.
Florida law mandates that races where unofficial results show a margin of 0.5 percent or less will be subject to a machine recount, ordered by Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner.
"We will count as many as we can", said Sarasota County Elections Supervisor Ron Turner, who serves on the board with Sarasota County Commission Chair Nancy Detert and Sarasota County Judge Phyllis Galen.
The tight races underscored Florida's status as a perennial swing state where elections are often decided by the thinnest of margins. If the gap falls to less than a quarter of a percentage point, a hand recount is required. The Senate candidates appeared on the Broward ballot before the candidates for governor.
The campaign for Andrew Gillum announced Thursday it was bringing on Barry Richard, a lawyer who worked on the Florida recount in 2000, to handle operations for a possible statewide recount. "Since that time, it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported".
DeSantis is also a strong supporter of gun rights, meaning any gun-control efforts are not likely to advance, and is open to restrictions on abortions.