USA mid-terms 2018: Florida senate race recount triggered

Republicans Score Major Upsets in Florida

Republicans Score Major Upsets in Florida

Bill Nelson the victor and with defeated Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum hedging his concession. DeSantis now leads Gillum by almost 40,000 votes.

Following Scott's presser, Sen.

The Florida Division of Elections data shows Republican Rick Scott is leading Democrat Bill Nelson, 50.09 percent to 49.91 percent.

But Scott was a good candidate and Nelson wasn't.

Scott has not spoken publicly since election night, when he claimed victory over Nelson, even though no news outlets declared the race won.

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

Amid mounting concern over Kemp's oversight role in elections, Kemp resigned Thursday as secretary of state, but repeated his assertion that he defeated Abrams.

Nelson was seeking a fourth-term in the U.S. Senate but, instead, may have endured only the second race he ever lost - the other being the 1990 Democratic primary to late Gov. Lawton Chiles, the last from their party to lead Florida.

"I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of Florida", Scott said.

Scott cited no evidence of wrongdoing, and the counties have until noon Saturday to report their unofficial vote count.

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

Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes "isn't reporting hourly or regularly, but rather releasing thousands of additional votes, often in the overnight hours, that are chipping away at GOP leads", Rubio said in a tweet.

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At an emergency hearing on Friday, Snipes' attorneys suggested this could slow counting.

Scherer was on hand for Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Florida was the scene of a monumental recount battle in 2000 that pitted scores of lawyers against each other in the presidential race. "Their goal is to keep mysteriously finding more votes until the elections turn out the way they want". "What's going on in Florida is a disgrace". Under state law in Florida, a recount is mandatory if the winning candidate's margin is 0.5 percentage points or less.

Another potentially significant Broward-based mystery is what explains a discrepancy in the number of votes cast in the governor's race and the Senate race. While that margin, if it holds, would require a recount, DeSantis has mostly stayed out of the fray, saying he was working on plans for taking office in January. It is AP policy not to call a race that is facing a recount.

There is zero chance that a recount will reverse a gap in the ranges of either the senate or gubernatorial races.

And the recounts now have echoes of 2000: Gillum's campaign has hired Barry Richard to represent them during the recount. "Since that time, it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", Gillum spokesperson Johanna Cervone said in a statement.

At an event in Hialeah Gardens, DeSantis declined to discuss prospects for a recount, telling reporters he was "very proud to be elected". "We're working really hard on the transition".

'I am here a lot and I never see Senator Nelson until six months before the election, ' Trump said.

A usually routine post-election step also drawing heightened attention began Thursday evening, when county canvassing boards began going over provisional ballots that could be added to the vote totals. 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.

Elias said he's concerned that a third of the votes in the Florida Senate race are still unknown. "But I firmly believe that at the end of this process, Nelson will prevail".

Here is what the Miami Herald could determine: The Herald called election supervisors in all 67 Florida counties Thursday afternoon and was told that at least 8,000 ballots - and possibly many more - remained to be counted across the state.

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