Possible recounts loom in tight Florida senate and governor contests

Orlando Florida. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who was campaigning in the area and outgoing Republican Florida Gov. Ric

"Florida voted for Rick Scott!".

Except this time, instead of one nationally important race, at least three crucial contests must be tallied again in the state's 67 counties.

Both Nelson's and Scott's teams have been fighting to officially secure the win as more ballots are still being counted.

The majority of uncounted votes are in Palm Beach and Broward County, which are traditionally democratic strongholds. "Just saw notice from @PBCounty that my absentee ballot wasn't counted due to "invalid signature' match", he wrote, adding that Palm Beach County's totals, therefore, deserve to be one higher for Nelson as well as Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum". Nelson has not yet conceded to Scott, who now leads by less than 0.2 percent with ballots across the state still uncounted. Trump tweets: "Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach".

According to the lawsuit, in 2012 and 2016, 1 percent of all vote-by-mail ballots were rejected as illegal.

He accused his opponents of "mysteriously finding more votes". Bill Nelson is awaiting results against Republican challenger Gov. Rick Scott, Trump narrowly won the state by less than 1.5 percentage points.

"The results are unknown", said Marc Elias, an attorney for Mr Nelson's campaign.

The threshold for a recount will be determined by the number of ballots reported by the canvassing board by noon Saturday.

Scott indicated Thursday that he was calling for an investigation into the Broward County Board of Elections, but the Florida Department of Law Enforcement told National Review on Friday that the governor has not formally ordered an investigation.

Scott alleges that the supervisors have violated federal and state laws by failing to provide information to officials.

Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes said she didn't know how many ballots remain to be counted, but all were being processed. For all other races, county canvassing boards are responsible for ordering a recount.

Trump on Friday said Scott "won by a comfortable margin" before suggesting without evidence that Democrats were committing fraud in the election.

Florida, the state that dragged the 2000 U.S. presidential election to a crawl and almost broke the country's storied democratic process is once again headed toward the uncertainty of a statewide recount.

Jesse Watters said Snipes has a questionable history, and he took a page from President Trump's nicknaming playbook by dubbing her "Sneaky Snipes".

Wading farther into the midterms muck, the Nelson campaign filed a lawsuit against Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, a Republican who was appointed by Scott, over vote-by-mail ballots and the process used to validate them.

Gillum's campaign issued a press release Thursday indicating it was ready to gear up for a possible recount, even though the Tallahassee mayor conceded the governor's race Tuesday to DeSantis, a former congressman who had the support of President Donald Trump.

Kemp holds about a 63,000 vote lead, with 50.3 percent of nearly 4 million votes.

On Thursday, the governor's race had narrowed to less than 40,000 votes, putting it into the margin requiring an automatic machine recount.



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