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

Possible recounts loom in tight Florida senate and governor contests

Possible recounts loom in tight Florida senate and governor contests

Kemp has already claimed victory, and his campaign released a statement saying Abrams was trying to "steal" the election in a courtroom.

Police officers were forced to bring metal detectors before the canvassing board could continue to count votes.

The state is infamous for its role in the 2000 presidential election, which was won by Republican George W. Bush after a five-week recount drama that awarded him Florida's electoral votes by a 537-ballot margin over Democrat Al Gore.

Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) went all out on Friday during a Fox News interview amid the flap over the vote count in Broward County, FL.

Meanwhile, Democratic incumbent Sen. "Every Floridian should be concerned that there may be rampant fraud happening in Palm Beach and Broward counties".

Scott holds a razor-thin lead over Nelson.

Elias said Scott's words are revealing.

"At the end of the day, when all eligible voters have their votes counted and counted accurately, the fundamental truth that we're going to learn is that more voters voted for Sen". Scott also had harsh words for Nelson, who hired a lawyer after election night.

The governor's race may also face a recount.

Unofficial returns from Tuesday's midterm election show Kemp with 50.3 per cent of the vote.

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Results from manual recount and overseas ballots are due from each county canvassing board by noon.

A Broward County judge ordered the county's elections chief to turn over to Gov. Rick Scott's campaign for the U.S. Senate an accounting of how many ballots were cast in the county, broken down by category, by 7 p.m. Friday.

His lawsuits accused Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes and Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher of mishandling the ballot count and preventing observers from having full access as votes are counted. Today the Florida Department of Law Enforcement stated, "This morning we spoke with the Department of State and they indicated they had no criminal allegations of fraud".

Snipes violated that law by not turning over the information to attorneys for Scott's Senate bid as well as the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Broward County District Court Judge Carol Lisa Phillips ruled, WESH-TV reported. Bill Nelson seems to be headed toward triggering a mandatory recount.

Elias said it's "not appropriate" for a governor to suggest he's going to use his powers to "interject his law enforcement authority to prevent the counting of ballots that have been legally cast".

Kemp holds about a 63,000 vote lead, with 50.3 percent of nearly 4 million votes.

Lawyers for the Democrats are now descending on Broward County, Florida, over ballots that are still being tallied that could swing the recent midterm elections blue.

On Thursday, the governor's race had narrowed to less than 40,000 votes, putting it into the margin requiring an automatic machine recount.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum recanted his concession to Republican Ron DeSantis as the margin narrows between the two.

Nelson's campaign said Scott's impromptu investigation was "politically motivated". But unlike Scott, DeSantis decidedly defeated Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum with nearly 52 percent of the vote among Keys voters choosing the next governor.

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