Florida faces prospect of recounts in governor, Senate races

10 November, 2018, 07:14 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • MSNBC screengrab showing governor's race'results

The two top races in the state, for governor and senator, seem likely to go to recounts, with less than.5 percent separating the Republican and Democratic candidates, which automatically triggers a new machine count under Florida law.

The race for Florida agricultural commissioner was already a tight one on election night, but with new ballot returns, the Democratic candidate has now taken the lead.

"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 communications director Johanna Cervone said in a statement.

Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Matthew Continetti said Thursday that the recount for the Senate race in Florida between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Democratic Sen. "Since that time, it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported".

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.

Florida's secretary of state has until November 10 to order a machine recount.

Chris Hartline, a Scott campaign spokesman, accused Nelson of trying to "steal this election".

Broward, Florida's second-largest county, is a Democratic stronghold, and the tally favored Democrats by a margin of two-to-one. Unfortunately, Florida residents hadn't actually voted yet, leading viewers to speculate about what exactly was going on at the network.

But in his victory speech, DeSantis talked little about partisan politics and emphasized the need as the state's next governor to work with all Floridians, including those who opposed him.

"You actually can not predict which way the shift is going to be", said David O'Brien, an attorney with FairVote.

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

Democrat Nikki Fried clings to a lead of.04 percent over Republican Matt Caldwell in the race for the Cabinet post of agriculture commissioner, or 2,915 votes.

His claim to have won the election was backed by President Trump who tweeted: "Law enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with electoral fraud in Broward and Palm Beach".

"It is sad and embarrassing that Bill Nelson would resort to these low tactics after the voters have clearly spoken", said a statement from the Scott campaign Wednesday. There are about 17,000 votes right now in the Senate race.

Florida's hotly contested race for U.S. Senate appears to be headed for a hand recount, and Broward County could play a key role in the drama. "Nowhere. And how is it when Democrats are behind, they always manage to pick up votes after the fact?"

Additionally, most counties have yet to review and tabulate all provisional ballots cast in the election, and there's also a 10-day window on overseas vote-by-mail ballots to come into elections offices.

While that might appear to augur well for Nelson's chances, there's no guarantee how many, if any, of those ballots will actually turn into votes, even if the voters who cast them meant to vote for Nelson, said Ned Foley an Ohio State law professor and author of "Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States". Richard had previously been known for representing Bush during the 2000 recount.

"I'd like to say it, but not really".

Meanwhile, a host of questions remained in a familiar place: Broward County, which featured prominently in the recount of the 2000 presidential election. Canvassing boards conduct the recount by running ballots through vote tabulation machines.


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