chris_dorworth_3.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ A Republican legislator in line to become Florida House speaker in 2014 has fallen farther behind his Democratic challenger after a machine recount.


Lawyer and retired firefighter Mike Clelland had a 140-vote lead over state Rep. Chris Dorworth, pending a hand recount of over- and under-vote ballots expected Monday. Both District 29 candidates are from Lake Mary in central Florida.

Over-votes occur when more than one candidate is selected. Under-votes are when no candidate is selected.

Clelland had a slim 37-vote lead when regular ballots were counted Tuesday. That expanded to 123 votes after provisional ballots were counted Thursday, and then to 140 after the machine recount Sunday.

Dorworth already has written a farewell letter to fellow House Republicans, saying he did not expect the recounts to change the results.