Senate, Agriculture races tighten; Governor contest nears recount trigger

10 November, 2018, 07:14 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Whoops MSNBC Called the Florida Governor's Race for Leftist Candidate Gillum a Day Early

Numbers from Floridaelectionwatch.gov showed Ron DeSantis, the Republican governor-elect who accepted victory in the race Tuesday night after Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum conceded, leading in the polls with 49.62 percent of the vote.

Florida law requires a recount for elections with a margin of victory under 0.5 percent of the vote. If the margin is within 0.25%, as it stood Thursday in the Senate race, a hand recount - slower and more thorough than by machine - is ordered.

Remember Tuesday night when Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for governor of the state of Florida conceded to the appearance of the race GOP nominee Ron DeSanis.

"It has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", Gillum's campaign said in a statement.

Gillum's campaign said it's monitoring the situation with an elections lawyer and preparing for a possible state-mandated recount.

Detzner told county election officials on November 8 to prepare for statewide recounts, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

All of Florida's ballots will now be recounted to see who has won the governor's race, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Marc Elias, a Washington lawyer on Nelson's team, said the candidate was demanding a recount.

Scott said "unethical liberals" were trying to steal the election in Democratic strongholds of Broward and Palm Beach counties.

While the Senate and governor races drew national attention, a Florida Cabinet seat also will likely have a statewide recount.

The outgoing governor, Rick Scott, was term limited.

Should that count show DeSantis with a margin of less than 0.5 percentage points, triggering a recount, AP will retract its call for DeSantis.

"What's going on in Florida is a disgrace", he said.

Amid mounting concern over Kemp's oversight role in elections, Kemp resigned Thursday as secretary of state, but repeated his assertion that he defeated Abrams. "Democrats will take every step to ensure that every single ballot is counted and we will be pursuing a recount in Nikki Fried's election for the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs".

Palm Beach County officials, however, had yet to counted mail-in or provisional ballots, according to the Florida Division of Elections website. Nelson campaign spokesman Dan McLaughlin issued a statement saying that all votes should be counted accurately and that Scott's action "appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation". In May 2018, a state judge ruled she had violated state, and federal, laws by destroying ballots early from the race in which Tim Canova challenged Rep. Well, we who follow Florida politics should have known that this race would not yet be over and it might not be. He suggested something was awry because vote-counters were taking longer there than in other jurisdictions, and his thin lead has kept narrowing since Election Night.

Absentee ballots from overseas voters that were postmarked by Election Day and are still trickling in also will be added to the unofficial results, Turner said, along with write-in votes on ballots. "And the supervisors - Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher - can not seem to say how many ballots still exist and where these ballots came from or where they have been".

"He didn't even know what the hell we were doing with the election", Lux said.

While that might appear to augur well for Nelson's chances, there's no guarantee how many, if any, of those ballots will actually turn into votes, even if the voters who cast them meant to vote for Nelson, said Ned Foley an Ohio State law professor and author of "Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States". The margin is now less than 0.5 percentage points. At the same time, Snipes was at the voting equipment center in Lauderhill with the canvassing board reviewing questionable ballots.

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