Six Florida races slated for recounts

Hugh Fox
November 10, 2018

And on the governor's side, Democrat Andrew Gillum - after conceding the race on Tuesday evening - has grown more supportive of a recount of late, in part because his deficit to Republican Ron DeSantis is down to 38,000 votes, within the.5% needed for a machine recount.

Florida law requires a recount for elections with a margin of victory under 0.5 percent of the vote.

In the Senate race, Scott clung to a 21,986-vote lead, or a difference of 0.27 percentage points.

Scott's campaign has said Nelson should concede the race rather than push for a recount.

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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As three statewide recounts become a reality, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum fired back at Gov. Rick Scott Thursday for claiming that "rampant fraud" is happening in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Richard, a Tallahassee lawyer, had represented George W. Bush during Florida's 2000 presidential recount, which spanned 36 days and resulted in Bush capturing Florida and with it, the White House, by 537 votes out of nearly 6 million cast.

The Republican Party had no immediate response to the developments, but Mr. Scott's campaign said bluntly that Mr. Elias was launching an effort to steal the election.

Scott said "unethical liberals" were trying to steal the election in Democratic strongholds of Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The Miami Herald reported that he won Florida by about 56,000 votes. DeSantis' margin of victory there slipped to 42,948. Governing is about getting things done on behalf of the people of Florida, keeping our economy going, improving our water quality and environment, promoting public safety and expanding educational opportunities. In a statement, Nelson said "we are proceeding to a recount".

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His lead narrowed as final ballots in heavily Democratic Broward and Palm Beach counties were counted Wednesday and Thursday.

"For Bill Nelson - the task is getting the "win" ... no matter what", a statement from Mr. Scott's camp read.

Meanwhile, Republican Matt Caldwell's lead over Democrat Nikki Fried dwindled to 4,109 votes in the Florida Agriculture Commissioner race. "And the supervisors - Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher - can not seem to say how many ballots still exist and where these ballots came from or where they have been". 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. Since 2000, when Florida decided the presidency by 537 votes in a contest that took more than five weeks to sort out, the state has seen many close elections, but never so many dead heats in one year.

Richard represented former President George W. Bush in the 2000 Florida recount.

"I just recommend that people are patient and trust your supervisors and their staffs are doing their job as best they can", said Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley. The Senate candidates appeared on the Broward ballot before the candidates for governor. "Nelson is going to be declared the victor and return to the U.S. Senate", Elias said Thursday. Bill Nelson, 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent, a margin of 0.2 percent, or 17,760 votes.

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Scherer stood watch over an afternoon meeting of the canvassing board in Fort Lauderdale, where vote-counting continues in the county that's most crucial to Nelson's hopes - Broward, where he got 69 percent of the vote. "I think it's fair to say right now the results of the 2018 Senate election are unknown, and [media] and elections officials should treat it as such".

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