Florida braces for recounts in gubernatorial and Senate races

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As of Thursday night, "Gillum trailed DeSantis by about 36,000 votes, or 0.44 percentage points", according to the Orlando Sentinel.

But Democrats got a boost on Thursday when late-added votes flipped the leader in the race for Florida agriculture commissioner. Bill Nelson shrunk to less than one-quarter of one percent, the point where a manual recount would be ordered.

Bill Nelson released a statement shortly after Scott's announcement.

The tight races underscored Florida's status as a perennial swing state where elections are often decided by the thinnest of margins. This is his second time as Florida's secretary of state after also serving under former GOP Gov. Jeb Bush. As long as votes are postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 6, they'll be counted.

In a series of tweets Thursday, Rubio charged that in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, election officials are continuing to count ballots, reporting tens of thousands of additional vote for Democratic candidates, including incumbent Sen.

"I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election".

"We have consistently been the bottom of the barrel getting our voting results in", Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich said in September, the Miami Herald reported.

"We do not have an active investigation", Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said.

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".

A spokesperson for Snipes told the Tampa Bay Times that Scott's action was a desperate move.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on November 7, 2018, in Washington, D.C. "All of the sudden they are finding votes out of nowhere", he said. "What's going on in Florida is a disgrace".

The Senate race is already likely headed to a machine recount, which is triggered when the margin is less than 0.5 percentage points.

With the recount odds growing every minute, Scott blamed Florida election officials in two Democratic-leaning counties for tampering with the vote by counting indiscernible ballots in favor of Democrats, and other transgressions. If Saturday's count shows DeSantis with a margin narrow enough to trigger a recount, AP will retract its call for DeSantis. The Associated Press has yet to call the race. An overvote is when a voter fills in more than one circle on the ballot for a given race; an undervote is when a voter leaves a race blank. "Our campaign, along with our attorney Barry Richard, is monitoring the situation closely and is ready for an outcome, including a state-mandated recount".

"On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count".

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.

"Voters in white working-class areas are becoming more conservative - and hard-line conservative - and more Republican-aligned", Isbell said".

Florida was mocked for its handling of the infamous 2000 recount.

The accepted provisional ballots included two people who were removed from the voter rolls by the state and marked as deceased.

"This is not like it was in 2000".

The remaining ballots need to be counted by the 12 p.m. deadline on Friday before a recount process is started.

Throughout the state, overseas and military voters - a very small pool - still had a few days for their ballots to arrive by mail and be counted.

Marc Elias, attorney for the Nelson campaign, said Thursday that the race was far from over. "But I firmly believe that at the end of this process, Nelson will prevail".

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