Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Democratic gubernatorial setbacks, House victory

Democratic gubernatorial setbacks, House victory

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.

Data compiled by FairVote, a nonpartisan elections research group, found that 27 recounts were held in statewide general elections across the nation between 2000 and 2015. And no angry mobs in suits - at least not yet.

But now that the margin between them has narrowed to almost 22,000 votes as of Thursday, Florida State Law mandates a statewide recount. Among other things, the infamous punch-card ballots are no longer. A spokesman for Nelson's campaign also said Tuesday night that there were issues with polling places in South Florida that could have affected the race.

Scott's campaign in return accused Nelson's team of trying to steal the election.

Rick Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Committee appear to be suing the Broward County Supervisor of Elections over ballot counting.

As of November 7 at 9:14 pm Scott narrowly led Nelson by 0.4 percentage points, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, according to The New York Times.

In elections with a winning margin of 0.25 percentage points or fewer, the state requires a hand recount of ballots where machines didn't detect a vote.

A recount is possible in the Florida governor's race after the margin of victory shrank below one-half a percentage point Thursday, according to updated numbers. "It's Lean-R", said Matt Isbell, a Democratic data analyst based in Florida.

Elections officials in Broward County, where Democrats have a large advantage, were still reviewing ballots on Thursday. A spokeswoman for the agency said there was no active investigation. "Maybe most of all the character of our country is on the ballot". If that happens, Scott would appoint an interim elections supervisor. "Nelson is going to be declared the victor", Elias said. This is not a third world dictatorship. It it is important to Gillum, these sources said, that his supporters know they are fighting for every vote. County canvassing boards will report their first unofficial reports by noon on Saturday, the newspaper said.

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Florida House of Representatives Speaker-designate Jose R. Olivia supported Scott's direction.

In the lawsuit, Scott claims without evidence that Snipes is withholding records regarding how many people voted, how many ballots have been counted and how many more votes remain untallied in Broward County. "Maybe next, he'll start ranting that Russians stole the election from him".

Broward County has a troubled election history and its county's election supervisor, Brenda Snipes - an appointee of Republican Gov. Jeb Bush - has been at the center of several controversies. Florida is among the states that are part of a lawsuit challenging the overhaul. Eventually a judge ruled that the law had been violated.

The gap has also closed in the governor's race, which is now stunningly close to being in recount territory as well. If Saturday's count shows DeSantis with a margin narrow enough to trigger a recount, AP will retract its call for DeSantis.

Elias, a Democratic superlawyer who chairs the firm's political law practice, was retained by the Nelson campaign Wednesday after election night ended with the race too close to call.

In the governor's race on Thursday morning, Republican Ron DeSantis held a 0.52 percent lead over Gillum, slightly outside the threshold of 0.5.

"Every Floridian should be concerned there may be rampant fraud happening in Palm Beach and Broward counties", the governor and Senate candidate said.

At the time, both counties used punch card ballots - voters poked out chads, leaving tiny holes in their ballots representing their candidates.

It's unknown how many provisional ballots have been cast statewide in Florida this year. On the right were five lines - four minor party candidates and a space for a write-in.

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