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Florida Senate, governor's races head for recount

Florida Senate, governor's races head for recount

Two days after the U.S. mid-term elections, Florida's senate race remains unresolved, along with several others across the country.

Sen. Bill Nelson's re-election bid is likely headed to a hand recount given that the incumbent Democrat now trails Florida Gov. Rick Scott by 17,000 votes, within the.25% margin required for a hand recount.

DeSantis' lead over Democrat Andrew Gillum had slipped overnight to 36,211 votes ealy Friday morning.

As ballots continue to be counted across the state, the state's gubernatorial race and US Senate seat race have passed new recount thresholds. "Rick Scott will be the next U.S. Senator from the state of Florida".

Scott declared victory late Tuesday and Nelson's campaign expressed disappointment with the results as returns showed the governor holding a more substantial edge. "They want results. They want us to work for positive results for their lives".

Candidates cannot request recounts, although those with fewer votes can refuse them.

Scott's campaign has dismissed the possibility that Scott, who won his two previous elections for governor by 1 percentage point, could lose his lead.

Thousands of ballots still remain uncounted, so it's too soon to say whether a recount will indeed happen in the race for governor.

"The recounts will be nationally watched ..."

Gillum's campaign said it has hired attorney Barry Richard, who represented President George W. Bush in the 2000 recount, and is monitoring the situation. It won't change things, but it will put paid to the conspiracy theories that are already floating in Georgia over the election process there.

"We believe that at the end of this process that Senator Nelson is going to be declared the victor and is going to return to the United States Senate", said Marc Elias, a lawyer hired by Nelson. Nelson's lawyer called that race a "jump ball" - though Scott's campaign urged Nelson to concede. On Thursday afternoon, the Supervisor of Elections website reported that 695,799 ballots were cast.

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"It's a jump ball", Elias said.

"At the end of this process, we believe Sen".

He added: "We're doing this not just because it's automatic, but we're doing it to win".

Secretary of State Ken Detzner, a Scott appointee overseeing elections, will call for a recount once the counties reach a deadline of Saturday at noon to submit unofficial results.

On Thursday, Scherer recalled an incident from the infamous 2000 recount, when the Broward canvassing board brought in boxes of ballots some poll worker left in his vehicle and forgot to count.

Broward elections officials were still counting ballots Thursday and county Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes said she hadn't investigated the discrepancy yet, but the Sun Sentinel found that Broward's ballot failed to follow best design practices and may have confused voters.

The board had just started examining provisional ballots from early voting moments before Snipes was asked if she was aware of the lawsuit. Both are heavily Democratic.

"It would be one thing if it were 3,000 or 5,000 votes - but 20,000?"

GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz said to reporters outside the courtroom "We're here to get her records to show that there is fraud or there isn't fraud". "This is a waste of time and it is because they can't come to grips with the fact that they lost".

"I think it's very important for Governor Scott to speak out, because what you see from the Marc Elias statement-he was Hillary Clinton's lawyer in 2016, he's a Democratic powerhouse-he is clearly trying to go in strong and dominant the narrative from the outset", Continetti said on Fox News.


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