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Andrew Gillum to Rick Scott: 'Counting votes isn't partisan - it's democracy'

Republicans Score Major Upsets in Florida US midterms: Disappointed Democrats pin hopes on Florida's ex-cons
Deanna Wagner | 10 November, 2018, 01:28

Election officials in Broward County have yet to reveal how many total ballots were cast, let alone how many they have left to count. We all know what is going on. "The people of Florida deserve fairness and transparency".

Scott's campaign responded by accusing Nelson of trying to "steal" the election.

Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, claimed victory Tuesday against Democratic incumbent Sen. "Rick Scott's action appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation", the Nelson spokesperson said. Scott won by about 17,400 votes. The lawsuit also says the county has not followed the correct review procedures for determining whether ballots are "overvoted" or "undervoted", meaning there are too many or too few bubbles filled in. I fully support and commend the Governor for directing FDLE to investigate. Frederica Wilson, the Sun Sentinel found. Wilson did not appear on the ballot because she had already wrapped up re-election after winning the Democratic primary in August. Under Florida law, a 0.5-point vote margin prompts a machine recount.

And the recounts now have echoes of 2000: Gillum's campaign has hired Barry Richard to represent them during the recount.

Marc Elias, attorney for the Nelson campaign, said Thursday that the race was far from over.

The Elections Canvassing Commission will be meeting to certify the official returns for federal, state, and multi-county offices at 9 a.m. on November 20 at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee. That's a.47 percent vote margin, which triggers an automatic statewide recount.

CORRECTION: The original version of this article incorrectly stated that Nelson's campaign had also sued Broward County over the election. Both are heavily Democratic.

If the race proceeds to a recount, no new call will be made until the recount is complete and the results of the election are certified by Florida officials.

The Senate race between Nelson and Scott is likely headed for a recount. Elias said it was odd that the undervoting was happening at the top of the ticket, rather than downballot.

"You mean they are just now finding votes in Florida and Georgia - but the Election was on Tuesday?" By Thursday evening, that number jumped to 712,840.

The AP has not called a victor in the Senate race.

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The county is making some progress.

"The votes are not there for her", he said. But early voting ballots are still being tabulated.

However, Nelson did not publicly concede, instead having an aide tell supporters shortly after midnight that while many news reports were declaring Scott the victor, Nelson would have no statement until later Wednesday.

"We believe at the end of this process Sen".

Gillum, who conceded the race Tuesday night, has grown more supportive of a recount.

A spokesman for DeSantis wouldn't comment on the situation.

Meanwhile, Democrat Nikki Fried actually edged ahead of Matt Caldwell in the certain-to-be-recounted race for Agriculture Commissioner, erasing the lead held by the Republican since election night.

Scott's lead narrowed slightly Wednesday morning to 30,161 votes out of more than 8.1 million cast - a margin of less than one half of 1 percent.

For the 2014 general election, there were about 9,000 provisional ballots issued statewide, Smith said.

Voters with issues are supposed to cast provisional ballots, and then, if necessary, provide any additional evidence that their ballots should be accepted.

That information has to be presented to the voter's county supervisor of elections office by 5 p.m. today. Bill Nelson in the Senate race continues to shrink.