Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Florida recount puts Trump Senate wins on a knife-edge

Florida recount puts Trump Senate wins on a knife-edge

Scott filed lawsuit against Broward County Supervisors of Election Brenda Snipes Thursday night, asking the court to order Snipes to turn over several records detailing the counting and collection of ballots.

Rick Scott called for an investigation into what he called vote counting fraud in Broward and Palm Beach counties, but no investigation has begun. "We believe that at the end of this process that Senator Nelson is going to be declared the victor".

"All of the sudden they are finding votes out of nowhere", he charged.

Following Scott's presser, Sen.

Florida House of Representatives Speaker-designate Jose R. Olivia supported Scott's direction. I fully support and commend the Governor for directing FDLE to investigate.

But thousands of votes remained untallied. "With each new ballot "found" that trust erodes". Scott is just 0.2% in front of Nelson in the Senate race - 15,071 votes ahead out of more than 8.1m cast.

Gillum's campaign said it's monitoring the situation with an elections lawyer and preparing for a possible state-mandated recount.

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"A U.S. Senate seat & a statewide cabinet officer are now potentially in the hands of an elections supervisor with a history of incompetence & of blatant violations of state & federal laws", the Florida lawmaker wrote in a Twitter post Thursday.

The vote margin in the Senate race is at.18 percent, less than the threshold for a manual recount. Both are heavily Democratic.

This led Andrew Gillum to reply to the President, "What's embarrassing to democracy is not counting every vote - and you, of course".

Broward and Palm Beach Counties and the notorious "hanging chad" were focal points of the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore that was decided by the Florida vote, which Bush won by 537 votes out of almost 6 million cast. Elias said it was odd that the undervoting was happening at the top of the ticket, rather than downballot.

The Florida Senate race has been a tight contest from the beginning.

The county is making some progress.

He said Thursday morning, the number went up to 695,700 ballots. But early voting ballots are still being tabulated.

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On Tuesday night, Mr Scott announced his victory - and was even congratulated via phone by President Donald Trump - but Mr Nelson did not make a concession speech at the time. Scott's thin lead over Nelson will likely prompt a recount.

"At this point, I'm not prepared to say Sen".

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum recanted his concession to Republican Ron DeSantis as the margin narrows between the two.

Mr Gillum's campaign said it was prepared for any outcome, including a recount.

Bucher served as an aide to Democratic Florida state Rep. Ed Healey.

The activity is particularly curious given areas that were ravaged by Category 4 Hurricane Michael less than a month ago seem to have conducted their elections without issues, whereas Deep Blue pockets in the southern part of the state continue to produce votes.

Mr Kemp now leads at 50.3% to Abrams' 48.7%, according to AP data, but it could take until next week to tally all the votes. Her department's website said ballots cast on Election Day have been counted. At the same time, Snipes was at the voting equipment center in Lauderhill with the canvassing board reviewing questionable ballots.

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The Gillum campaign also thinks that if an automatic recount is triggered in the governor race, provisional ballots will be essential.

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