Rick Scott's lawyer 'fully expecting' recount in Florida Senate race
10 November, 2018, 07:44 | Author: Angel Logan
Under Florida law, a recount is mandatory if the margin of the winning candidate is less than 0.5 percentage points when the first unofficial count is verified Saturday by Florida's secretary of state.
The race between Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and Republican challenger Rick Scott, Florida's term-limited governor, was even closer: Scott leads by 17,344 votes, or 0.22%.
In Riviera Beach, the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board met Friday morning to review "anomalous" ballots not yet counted because of irregularities that prevented a machine-reading.
According to The Washington Post, Elias is the attorney representing the Bill Nelson campaign, who trails behind Gov. Rick Scott in the Senate race by just over 15,000 votes, as of November 8.
He said that local election supervisor Brenda Snipes, a Democrat, has a "horrible history" and is "finding votes out of nowhere". Those very votes may end up deciding who becomes the next governor of Florida, which explains why the woman supervising the election there has come under fire by Republicans. "This is like deja vu all over again".
In fact, the most significant and clear error by Broward County election officials-designing a ballot that may have led more than 20,000 voters in an overwhelmingly Democratic congressional district to not vote in the Senate race at all-almost certainly benefited Scott.
Mr. Trump has been fuming over the situation in Florida, hinting at unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud on the parts of Democrats, and on Friday tweeted a threat of federal intervention - that he is "sending much better lawyers" than the Democrats have "to expose the FRAUD!" Since 2000, when Florida decided the presidency by 537 votes in a contest that took more than five weeks to sort out, the state has seen many close elections, but never so many dead heats in one year.
"On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count".
Scott, expressing concern about "rampant fraud" in the two counties, also directed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the election offices.
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. Nelson's lawyer called that race a "jump ball" - though Scott's campaign urged Nelson to concede.
Jackie Schutz Zeckman is campaign manager for Gov. Rick Scott, who ran against Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. "They are asking courts to overrule election officials and accept ballots that were not legally cast".
Nelson is suing the Florida Secretary of State and demanding the state count every mail-in and provisional ballot deemed to have a so-called "signature mismatch". Should be +1 NelsonForSenate AndrewGillum. "Must overhaul these ridiculous barriers to voting".
Trump also suggested fraud in Arizona, where Democrat Kyrsten Sinema jumped ahead of Republican Martha McSally late Thursday as additional votes were counted.
Appearing on Fox News, U.S. Sen. Postal officials claimed they had done nothing wrong.
Despite one of the candidates conceding on election night, the Florida governor's race tightened into a margin that could require a recount. Governor's races in Georgia and Florida and a U.S. Senate race in Florida are all near or below the thresholds to trigger recounts.
But Palm Beach was also the home to the infamous "butterfly ballot" that many Democrats believe cost Gore the election.
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Perhaps more important, they would claim subpoena power to investigate Trump's personal and professional shortcomings. In south Florida, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala defeated Republican Maria Elvira Salazar.
He also repeatedly told April Ryan to sit down in an incredibly condescending tone, like he's talking a misbehaving preschooler. Tuesday's USA midterm election resulted in Trump's Republicans strengthening their grip on the Senate.
It is akin to blaming Republicans for criminals who entered the country illegally under Presidents Trump or George W. On Twitter, Brad Parscale, Trump's 2020 campaign manager, ignored the decision by Fox to pull the ad.
In suburban areas where key House races were decided, voters skewed significantly toward Democrats by a almost 10-point margin. He played to his base, but his over-the-top rhetoric turned off so many people that Democrats managed to retake the House.
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Gillum's campaign said it's monitoring the situation with an elections lawyer and preparing for a possible state-mandated recount. Scott said "unethical liberals" were trying to steal the election in Democratic strongholds of Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Joe Donnelly in IN and Republican Marsha Blackburn's win in Tennessee made it much more hard for Democrats to make inroads. Andrew Gillum lost to Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become Florida's first black governor.
Obama urged more decisive action by Americans who have grown frustrated by the first 21 months of Trump's presidency. With just three days to go before the midterm elections, it's a tale of dueling presidents on the campaign trail.
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