Florida braces for election recounts, starting with senate race

Florida braces for election recounts, starting with senate race

As of November 7 at 9:14 pm Scott narrowly led Nelson by 0.4 percentage points, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, according to The New York Times. Nelson's attorneys said there could also be problems with the machines.

Elias, who has worked on other successful recount efforts, told reporters that he has in the past had to level with candidates in close races who just didn't have the votes to win a recount.

WPLG-TV in Miami reported Snipes had a "testy exchange" with one of the station's reporters Thursday as the elections supervisor was asked about the status of the recount.

Rick Scott and incumbent Bill Nelson.Republican Scott was leading Democrat Nelson by 15,079 votes as of Thursday evening.

Early voting and vote-by-mail ballots are still being counted in Broward County, while vote-by-mail ballots are still being counted in Palm Beach County.

Scott was term limited as governor of Florida.

Recounts will take place in Florida, ordered by the secretary of state, in the Senate race between Nelson and Rick Scott, as well as for the agriculture commissioner race.

Bucher, in Palm Beach, did not answer a call to her cell phone Thursday night.

Under state law in Florida, a recount is mandatory if the winning candidate's margin is less than 0.5 percentage points.

The race during Tuesday's midterm U.S. election was one of America's most-watched, with the outgoing governor Scott mounting a tough challenge against three-time incumbent Nelson. Ron DeSantis will likely head toward a recount. The Associated Press has yet to call the race. Specifically, an aberrant percentage of voters in Broward County marked their ballots for gubernatorial candidates - but left the Senate ballot-line blank.

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The recount of ballots was triggered because Nelson trailed Scott by less than 0.25 points.

The campaign for Andrew Gillum announced Thursday it was bringing on Barry Richard, a lawyer who worked on the Florida recount in 2000, to handle operations for a possible statewide recount.

"On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count", Gillum's communications director said in a statement.

"The people of Florida deserve fairness and transparency and the supervisors are failing to give it to us", Scott said.

"It's a great honor", he said. "We're working really hard on the transition. They want results. They want us to work for positive results for their lives". "But, we're good and look forward to serving".

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

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

Broward County Elections Department has been caught repeatedly breaking the law and was successfully sued for it. "And the Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has a history of acting in bad faith", he said. She also did not know how many provisional, military and mismarked ballots needed to be counted.

Nelson's campaign has hired a lawyer to oversee the continuing process of vote counting in Broward.

Scott has not spoken publicly since election night, when he claimed victory over Nelson, even though no news outlets declared the race won. "Then he made some veiled threat or suggestion that he was somehow going to involve law enforcement", Elias said. "It's a sad way for Bill Nelson to end his career", Chris Hartline said in a statement. Since the senate race crosses the threshold of the machine recount option, the political environment pretty much requires Detzner to conduct one - and as long as he's doing those two races, he may as well machine-recount the gubernatorial race, too.

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