Florida Senate recount looming, despite Scott’s claim of victory

Courtesy CBS News

Courtesy CBS News

Nelson's recount lawyer predicted Thursday morning that the Democratic incumbent would emerge the victor over Gov. Rick Scott as ballots continue to be examined, particularly in heavily Democratic Palm Beach and Broward counties, in advance of an expected recount coming into play this weekend. If the machine recount shows a margin of 0.25 percent or less, the ballots will be manually recounted.

While the Senate and governor races drew national attention, a Florida Cabinet seat also will likely have a statewide recount. He doesn't think ballot design was the issue, and a recount could reveal problems in Broward that could affect the results.

Florida counties have until noon Saturday to submit unofficial election results to the Department of State.

On Thursday, the Scott team issued a statement calling Elias "a hired gun from Washington, D.C., who will try to win an election for Nelson that Nelson has already lost".

If, after the recount, the vote margin is.25 percent or less, then a manual recount is conducted statewide. "But I firmly believe that at the end of this process, Nelson will prevail".

"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.

On Nov. 7, Nelson retained the Democratic Party's lawyer of choice, Marc Elias of the Perkins Coie firm.

The Associated Press has not called the race, and votes have continued to be counted this week.

"We would run the ballots through the machine again", she said.

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.

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In the lawsuit, Scott and the NRSC allege that Snipes is "unwilling to disclose records revealing how many electors voted, how many ballots have been canvassed, and how many ballots remain to be canvassed".

As ballots were still being tabulated in Florida's series of contentious elections this week, all eyes were seemingly on Broward County, where there could still be tens of thousands of uncounted votes.

"They are not handwriting experts", he said.

Two Democratic candidates, Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia, were aiming to become the states' first African-American governors, but the races were tilting in favour of their Republican rivals.

"We will litigate until we have determined that every person's vote has been counted", Chandler said.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has raised concern about two Florida counties that are still counting votes two days after the November 6 election.

While the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Friday there had been no allegations of fraud, Scott asked - but did not order - the agency to investigate the counties' elections departments for possible fraud.

The Nelson campaign suggested it could have been the result of a faulty ballot scanner or scanners. At that time, if the spread in the Senate race is less than half of a percentage point - which seemed a near certainty - there will be an automatic machine recount.

But Abrams' campaign maintains it just wants all provisional and absentee ballots to be counted before she decides to concede.

Palm Beach County officials, however, had yet to counted mail-in or provisional ballots, according to the Florida Division of Elections website. "But it's a lot harder to count a vote that hasn't been cast". Over votes are ballots in which scanners detected that voters marked more than one choice for Senate. "The ones that are accepted will all be opened and we'll tabulate those tonight to add to the count".

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