The Florida Governor’s Race Is Probably Headed for a Recount


She is also facing a hand recount in a close contest against Republican Matt Caldwell for state agriculture commissioner. "Come on", said a Republican official in Florida.

Votes are still being tallied in Broward and Palm Beach counties, which went overwhelmingly for Gillum and Nelson.

The Florida Division of Elections shows Ron DeSantis now leading Andrew Gillum, 49.62 percent to 49.15 percent. "Since that time, it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", the campaign said.

The campaign for Andrew Gillum announced Thursday it was bringing on Barry Richard, a lawyer who worked on the Florida recount in 2000, to handle operations for a possible statewide recount.

The midterm battle in Florida is far from over, it seems.

President Donald Trump tweeted after Scott's news conference: "Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach".

"Every Floridian should be concerned there is rampant fraud in Broward and Palm Beach Counties", Scott said.

"We have eight high-speed counters in there", said Broward's supervisor of elections, Dr. Brenda Snipes, "and I'm told they can do 23,000 sheets per hour".

"It is sad and embarrassing that Bill Nelson would resort to these low tactics after the voters have clearly spoken", said a statement signed by Scott's team.

"Rick Scott's action appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation", McLaughlin added.

Sarah Revell, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of State, didn't know of any other recount in a governor or Senate race in state history.

She noted that many jurisdictions across the country are still tabulating results as well.

Florida's secretary of state must still officially declare whether there will be a recount in any state race.

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Unofficial results show Scott ahead by about 34,000 votes out of more than 8 million cast, or 0.42 percentage points. Unofficial returns have to be submitted to Sec. of State by noon the fourth day after the election - two days from now.

Florida governor Rick Scott is launching a lawsuit based on the claim first floated by Sen. If the margin is within 0.25 points, a manual recount is ordered for statewide races.

But thousands of votes remained untallied.

Florida abandoned the punchcard ballots that put hanging chads into the American lexicon in the 2000 Bush/Gore presidential election, and now relies on ink-filled circles on paper ballots counted by machine. The deadline to certify this year's midterm election results is November 20.

The most recent was former Democratic Sen.

Even more stark, however, is the average vote swing between the top two contenders following a recount - only 282 votes.

Scott was term limited as governor of Florida.

The Broward County Canvassing Board was to meet in the early afternoon, and about 30 Republican protesters had gathered outside by midday.

He was likely referring to Marc Elias, the lawyer Nelson's campaign has reportedly tapped to handle the recount effort, as Elias was also a lawyer for Hillary Clinton's campaign and was involved in commissioning that dossier of opposition research from Fusion GPS. That may be an indicator of machine problems, Elias said. The.22 percent difference triggers a manual recount if the numbers hold. "That under-vote doesn't make sense".

Provisional ballots are given to voters because their eligibility to vote is challenged for some reason - perhaps they have an address discrepancy, or they forgot their ID. Bill Nelson will likely not change the results but that Scott should still speak out on the matter so the Democrats can not control the narrative.

Vote unable to be determined on ballot: These are set aside for the canvassing board to decide. Nelson's campaign aides believe he will emerge victorious once all the ballots are counted. Detert read a note written by one of the voters.

"He says they accidentally marked me as dead", Detert said. "Their goal is to keep mysteriously finding more votes until the elections turn out the way they want".