Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Florida Senate race continues towards a recount, as lead remains small

Florida Senate race continues towards a recount, as lead remains small

The race for Agriculture Commissioner and U.S. Senate also appear headed for recounts, although those races are closer and could force the state to conduct recounts by hand, which is required when the margins between two candidates are within a quarter of a percent.

Currently, Scott has a narrow lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, with only 15,000 votes separating the two. Should the races meet the requirements for a recount at that time, every single ballot in the state will be fed into machines for digital tallying.

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.

As of now, the Division of Elections is waiting on each precinct to certify their results before they can order a recount.

Legal wrangling began in earnest in Florida on Thursday as top political campaigns girded for the possibility of lengthy and expensive vote recounts, especially in a Senate race that remains too close to call.

"We could not be prouder of the way we ran this race", Gillum said Tuesday night at Florida A&M University, his alma mater. The power of the vote is only as strong as the trust in the count.

Democrats believe there are enough votes out to tip the Senate race towards Nelson, but are less confident in Gillum's race, where the divide is around 37,000 votes in DeSantis' favor. "Nelson is going to be declared the victor and return to the U.S. Senate", Elias said Thursday.

Like Senator Bill Nelson, Andrew Gillum has lawyered up, hiring Barry Richard, who represented President George W. Bush in the 2000 recount.

Florida's secretary of state has until November 10 to order a machine recount.

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson's reelection campaign has filed a lawsuit against Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner over vote-by-mail ballots and the process used to validate them.

Officials in Broward and Palm Beach counties still were counting ballots Thursday morning, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Nelson released a videotaped statement Friday afternoon accusing Scott of abusing his office to undermine democracy and "stop a complete and accurate counting of all the votes in Florida".

Floridians have until 5 p.m. today to make sure any "provisional vote" they might have signed (due to mismatching signatures or IDs) is counted.

"This will be the first real statewide recount if we get that far that's ever occurred", said Florida State Association of Elections Supervisors President Ron Labasky.

Scott also spent almost two weeks off the campaign trail to respond to Hurricane Michael, which pummeled several counties in the Florida Panhandle and was responsible for dozens of deaths. For the record most times election results are not overturned - but this is Florida.

As of Wednesday morning, DeSantis led Gillum by 43,039 votes out of almost 8.2 million cast, or a difference of 0.526 percentage points. It now says vote-by-mail ballots are completely reported.

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

Some 30,000 fewer Broward voters apparently did not vote in the U.S. Senate race, despite its national prominence, while they did cast ballots in other statewide contests.

They only canvassing 971 provisional ballots in Miami-Dade, with 207 of those accepted. Florida voters fill in paper ballots by hand using a pen and no longer cast the punch-card ballots that produced the infamous "hanging chads" in the 2000 presidential election.

He added: "We're doing this not just because it's automatic, but we're doing it to win".

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