Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Florida, Georgia brace for possible recounts, run-off amid razor-thin midterm results

Florida, Georgia brace for possible recounts, run-off amid razor-thin midterm results

Republican Ron DeSantis leads Democratic Rep. Andrew Gillum in the governor's race by 36,000.

On Thursday morning, Mr Gillum's team walked back his earlier concession to Republican Mr DeSantis and indicated they are ready for a recount.

On Friday, Scott led by 0.21 percentage point, low enough to require a hand recount under state law.

Meanwhile, Democratic incumbent Sen.

A razor-thin margin in the votes cast in the divided state has Florida gearing up for recounts in both the gubernatorial and senate races.

Nelson's campaign asserted that Scott was overstepping his bounds.

As of Friday morning, Scott held a lead of 0.18 percent over Nelson, while DeSantis had a.44 percent edge over Gillum, according to the Miami Herald. Later, she ran for the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections and won.

Scott filed a lawsuit Thursday night against, asking the court to order Snipes to turn over several records detailing the counting and collection of ballots.

Protesters showed up at the Broward County elections tabulation center in Florida on November 9.

Scott also sued election officials in Palm Beach, another Democratic-leaning county in South Florida.

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Read the lawsuit against Palm Beach County here.

However, at this point, there is no investigation by the FDLE because the department has not received any allegations of fraud from the Florida Department of State, which oversees the Division of Elections office, FDLE spokeswoman Angela Starke said. "Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach".

A tweet from the official Rick for Florida social media account reiterated the sentiment. But it is also possible that vote-processing machines in Broward suffered a technical glitch that caused them not to read Senate votes that were properly marked on paper ballots - and if that is the case, then a recount would very likely tip the Senate race to Nelson. Those calls became premature as there were many ballots still yet to be counted.

State Sen. Greg Steube, a Sarasota Republican elected to Congress on Tuesday, urged the U.S. Justice Department to oversee the recounts.

To be clear, Rubio doesn't offer a shred of evidence anything nefarious is going on, other than the fact that Broward County is Democratic, has a lot of uncounted ballots, and the elections supervisor failed to properly preserve ballots in a congressional primary two years ago.

Scott's campaign filed the lawsuits late Thursday, when he said during a news conference that "unethical liberals" are trying to steal the election.

The threshold for a recount will be determined by the number of ballots reported by the canvassing board by noon Saturday.

The hiring came after Scott derided Nelson for hiring Elias as "one of Hillary Clinton's lawyers from D.C".

In July, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper reported that in a lawsuit charging Snipes had illegally destroyed ballots, she "acknowledged the processes her office [has] been using aren't ideal and that some noncitizens and felons have voted despite not being eligible-especially right before major elections, when groups are actively registering new voters".

"Rick Scott, who won by ― you know, it was close, but he won by a comfortable margin ― every couple of hours it goes down a little bit", Trump said before boarding Marine One to start his weekend trip to France.

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