Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Florida braces for recounts in governor, Senate races

Marco Rubio: Democrats Are Trying to Steal Florida Senate Race by Counting All the Votes Florida midterm election LEGAL ACTION demanded as Republican warns of FRAUD
Kenny Thornton | 10 November, 2018, 06:34

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

"Well, it could be", Trump said when asked if the federal government could get involved, "because if you look at Broward, and Palm Beach to a lesser extent, if you look at Broward County, they have had a frightful history".

The state conducts an electronic recount when the margin falls below 0.5 per cent.

"This is a clear violation of Florida law", Scott said.

"Democrat lawyers are descending on Florida", Sen.

"The outrageous ballot-counting issues in Broward County are un-American and unacceptable", Rep. Matt Gaetz said in a statement. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), pointed the finger at Broward County, which has had a long history of mishandling elections.

Florida's first-ever manual ballot recount is looking more possible by the minute as the margin of votes narrows between U.S. Senate candidates Rick Scott and Bill Nelson. "It is frightening. Legal teams are engaging, but this is something that Democrats and Republicans should be coming together on because I don't know how these 80,000 votes came out of thin air and why isn't she following the law set forth by state of Florida?"

Meanwhile, Democrat Stacey Abrams' campaign for Georgia governor has reserved television advertising time and started sending vote-by-mail information to its supporters in the event she forces a December 4 runoff with Republican Brian Kemp.

A lawyer for Sen.

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Florida's Senate race was thrown into chaos on Thursday night when Scott, without providing evidence, accused "unethical liberals" of attempting to "steal this election".

"Why can't Broward County elections do what 65 of 67 counties did, count all votes in timely way and in compliance with Florida law?" he asked in one tweet. He's asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate.

Challenged by reporters on Friday morning over where he expects these 15,000 votes needed to surpass Scott could come from, Elias said it was actually a small margin given the size of Florida.

He said that if Scott follows through on his "veiled threat" of blocking the ongoing count of "ballots that have been lawfully cast", he would quickly go to court. "He did not say that he wants a full and fair election or even an accurate vote count".

Murphy suggested moving that deadline until the Thursday following the election at 5 p.m.

Scott, the state's governor, filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing Democrats in Broward and Palm Beach counties of "rampant fraud" and of trying to steal the election - allegations for which he offered no proof.

Florida's governor's race also looks headed to a mandatory recount, as the votes that have trickled in this week have also pushed the race between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum under the 0.5 percent threshold. Nelson has not yet conceded to Scott, who now leads by less than 0.2 percent with ballots across the state still uncounted.

In the race for the Senate, Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson has begun preparing for a potential recount in a race that is still too close to call against Republican Rick Scott.

Most of the focus had turned to Broward County, a Democratic South Florida stronghold that, mysteriously, according to critics, was still tallying early-voting and mail-in ballots on Thursday.

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