Gillum's campaign considers recount as margin between him and DeSantis decreases

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 10, 2018

Scott slammed the supervisors of elections in Palm Beach and Broward counties and said liberals in the two counties are trying to steal the election.

Scott's campaign filed a lawsuit demanding that the Broward County supervisor of elections be ordered to turn over several records detailing the counting and collection of ballots cast.

As we go to press, Kemp, the secretary of state, with nearly all the precincts reported, has 50.5 percent and Abrams has 48.6 percent of the tally.

In Washington, Trump took Scott's side, telling reporters that the federal government could get involved and adding: "all of the sudden they are finding votes out of nowhere".

The Nelson campaign suggested it could have been the result of a faulty ballot scanner or scanners.

Scott earlier declared victory in the race.

The issue could be of critical importance as Florida heads toward multiple recounts, with a number of races decided by narrowest of margins, including the Senate race between Gov.

Detzner told county election officials on November 8 to prepare for statewide recounts, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

Rick Scott is also suing Palm Beach County. I fully support and commend the Governor for directing FDLE to investigate. In addition, they offered no explanation for why the alleged problems and continuing vote counts appear to be occurring only in precincts that traditionally skew in favor of Democrats. "With each new ballot "found" that trust erodes".

In the Florida gubernatorial and Senate races, Republicans Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott, respectively, won upsets against their Democratic rivals, Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson. If the margin of victory is equal to or less than 0.25 percent, the recount must be done by hand. His campaign says it's preparing for a recount and will have observers in every one of the state's 67 counties to monitor the process.

Attorney Marc Elias, who is representing Nelson's campaign, suggested Thursday that machine counting - not voters overlooking the race- may be the issue.

"This includes close coordination and partnerships with election officials at the local, county, and state levels", the statement said. A lead of less than 0.25 percent triggers a hand recount of actual ballots.

By contrast, Nelson, who began his career as a state House member in 1972, was hurt by more modest returns in Democrat-rich South Florida. Both are heavily Democratic.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner, a Scott appointee overseeing elections, will call for a recount once the counties reach a deadline of Saturday at noon to submit unofficial results. Elias said it was odd that the undervoting was happening at the top of the ticket, rather than downballot. By Thursday evening, that number jumped to 712,840.

"Provisional ballots are becoming rarer but there's an increased likelihood they're going to be accepted", Smith said.

The county is making some progress. But early voting ballots are still being tabulated.

Gillum at first conceded the race, but then released a statement saying he may be interested in a recount too.

"It is sad and embarrassing that Bill Nelson would resort to these low tactics after the voters have clearly spoken", said a statement from the Scott campaign Wednesday.

Nelson has not conceded.

"We believe at the end of the day, Sen". Bill Nelson the victor and with defeated Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum hedging his concession.

A spokesman for DeSantis wouldn't comment on the situation.

Kuehne was in Broward for Democrat Nikki Fried. As of Thursday afternoon, DeSantis led Gillum by 0.47 percentage point.

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.

That information has to be presented to the voter's county supervisor of elections office by 5 p.m. today. Some 10,000 votes are left to be counted in Palm Beach County, and Broward County is still tallying up votes as well. The Associated Press has not called the race, and votes have continued to be counted this week.

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