Recounts possible in U.S. Senate, governor's races as margins shrink

Lester Mason
November 10, 2018

Florida's 67 elections supervisors must send their unofficial numbers to the state by 1 p.m. Saturday, and campaign volunteers were scrambled around the state Thursday as supervisors prepared to examine provisional ballots cast by voters with unresolved issues at their polling places.

As ballots were still being tabulated in Florida's series of contentious elections this week, all eyes were seemingly on Broward County, where there could still be tens of thousands of uncounted votes.

Gillum, who conceded the race Tuesday night, has grown more supportive of a recount.

Scott held a lead of 0.21 of a percentage point over Nelson on Thursday afternoon.

The Florida Secretary of State is telling election officials to prepare for a statewide recount.

The race between Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and Republican challenger Rick Scott, Florida's term-limited governor, was even closer: Scott leads by 17,344 votes, or 0.22%.

"On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count".

Gillum's campaign said it has hired attorney Barry Richard, who represented President George W. Bush in the 2000 recount, and is monitoring the situation. A hand recount, a more thorough process than a machine recount, would happen if the race was within 0.25 points.

Mr Gillum trails Mr DeSantis now by less than 38,000 votes, which is in recount range if the margin holds.

Gov. Rick Scott announced in a Thursday night presser that he and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have filed a lawsuit against Palm Beach County's Election Supervisor Susan Bucher and Broward County's Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes.

That is now the fate of Mississippi's senate race, which will be decided on 27 November, as neither incumbent Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith nor Democrat Mike Espy received over 50% of the vote.

"We are committed to ensuring every single vote in Florida is counted". Four more contests - for state agriculture commissioner, a state Senate seat and two state House seats - are also likely headed for recounts.

"The embarrassing nickname for Florida is Flori-duh because of Broward", Scherer said, with recounts looming in major races after Tuesday's general election.

Scott's campaign urged Nelson to concede.

They only canvassing 971 provisional ballots in Miami-Dade, with 207 of those accepted. Her department's website said ballots cast on Election Day have been counted.

Scott also says he is directing the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement to investigate the issue, accusing "liberal activists" of trying to "steal the election".

But Scott was a good candidate and Nelson wasn't.

The tide turned Thursday when Caldwell was down by more than 500 votes and Fried had pulled ahead, according to the Florida Division of Elections' unofficial election night results. DeSantis continues to move forward as the presumptive governor. Specifically, many voters in Broward County reported having had difficulty finding the Senate race on the ballot, as it was tucked beneath a long block of voting instructions on the ballot's left-hand column. "But I firmly believe that at the end of this process, Nelson will prevail".

The current secretary of state, Republican Ken Detzner, was appointed by Scott and has been in the post since February 2012.

"What's going on in Florida is a disgrace", he said.

"It has been a little while since we all went through this, but we know that Broward County is where the votes are", said Deutch. Over votes are ballots in which scanners detected that voters marked more than one choice for Senate.

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