Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Recount Likely in Florida Governor Race

Recount Likely in Florida Governor Race

Rick Scott is leading Bill Nelson by less than half a percentage point. That's a.47 percent vote margin, which triggers an automatic statewide recount. "Clearly, Rick Scott is trying to stop all the votes from being counted and he's impeding the democratic process". Dana Young, R-Tampa, trailed Democratic challenger Janet Cruz on Wednesday morning by a margin of 50.07 percent to 49.93 percent, the state Division of Elections website showed.

The possibility of yet another recount for Gillum and DeSantis is a strong possibility, with likely a very interesting result.

Elias said it's a "virtual certainty" a hand count will be required to determine the victor. The deadline for counties to report unofficial results is Saturday at noon.

The race during Tuesday's midterm United States election was one of America's most-watched, with the outgoing governor Scott mounting a tough challenge against three-time incumbent Nelson.

"The margin may change by a couple thousand, but it's not going to change the outcome of the election", he told CNN on November 8.

Mr Nelson said in a public statement on Wednesday: "We are proceeding to a recount" despite his opponent already claiming victory in the swing state.

Nelson was been viewed as one of the more vulnerable Democrats thanks to the formidable challenge from Scott, a multimillionaire businessman who has poured more than $60 million of his own fortune into his campaign.

Nelson's campaign has hired a lawyer to oversee the continuing process of vote counting in Broward.

The gubernatorial race is arguably a bigger deal.

"Since that time, it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", the statement said.

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The Republican candidate also tore into Susan Bucher, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, alleging that she single-handedly determined voter intent on damaged absentee ballots instead of handing them over to the county's canvassing board.

In the agriculture commissioner race, Democrat Nikki Fried had a 483-vote lead over Republican state Rep. Rep. Matt Caldwell, or a difference of 0.006 percentage points - well within range of a hand recount.

In the lawsuit, Scott and the NRSC allege that Snipes is "unwilling to disclose records revealing how many electors voted, how many ballots have been canvassed, and how many ballots remain to be canvassed".

He also vowed to have the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigate the Supervisor of Elections in Broward and Palm Beach counties because he said votes there are still being discovered and have not been counted.

They are taking provisional ballots and counting them "even though they're not able to vote", Schlapp said.

The lawsuit comes amid a bitter fight between Republicans and Democrats in the state over multiple electoral contests, including Nelson's race for reelection and the gubernatorial contest between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis. Under Florida law, a 0.5-point vote margin prompts a machine recount.

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. A Scott campaign spokesman is accusing the three-term Democrat of trying to steal the election.

"I sincerely regret that I couldn't bring it home for you, but I can guarantee you this: I'm not going anywhere", he said during a tearful, 10 minute speech.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio released a thread of tweets Thursday, saying there shouldn't still be issues with counting votes in South Florida if the portion of the state that was affected by the hurricane managed to have its votes counted in time. Provisional ballots are given to voters who don't have proper ID or whose names don't show up on the rolls at the precinct.

Meanwhile, volunteers at the Miami-Dade Elections Supervisor office continued to examine provisional ballots. "Nelson will prevail in a recount", he said. "We recognize that we didn't win this tonight".

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