3 key races in Florida, Georgia may be headed to recounts


On Thursday night, Scott announced that his campaign has filed lawsuits against Broward and Palm Beach elections supervisors and that he asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to conduct an investigation in the counties. Meanwhile, Nelson's campaign is suing Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner to permit an extension for counties to turn in unofficial vote counts.

"Why can't Broward County elections do what 65 of 67 counties did, count all votes in timely way and in compliance with Florida law?" he asked in one tweet. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott are locked in an extremely close contest for the Senate, with Scott holding a lead in the vote count of less than a percentage point but Nelson gaining ground.

Most of the focus had turned to Broward County, a Democratic South Florida stronghold that, mysteriously, according to critics, was still tallying early-voting and mail-in ballots on Thursday.

A win for Republicans in Florida's senate race would only add to the stinging loss of three key Senate seats on Tuesday night in Indiana, North Dakota and Missouri, which are all states where Democratic senators faced re-election in states Trump won in 2016.

"Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach", Trump tweeted on Thursday.

Rick Scott is accusing election officials in two counties of trying to thwart the will of the voters, as recounts seem likely for several statewide races.

Rick Scott, the Republican Senate nominee who now leads incumbent Democratic Sen. Which, incidentally, would be illegal, since state law makes clear that any election where the results are within 0.5 percent must have a recount.

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"The good news is that since the 2000 election, the process has improved both in terms of how people vote in Florida and the designation of a recount", he said.

He followed that with an apparently sarcastic tweet about the USA intelligence community's findings that Russian Federation has interfered in US elections, including his 2016 victory.

In his comments to the media, Scott accused Snipes of a history of "bad faith" and Bucher, a former state House member, of refusing to provide "information to the public" and requiring official party representatives to stand behind a glass wall in the ballot counting area.

Broward County officials were simply taking deliberative steps to count all ballots, including absentee and provisional ones, he said. "We are committed to ensuring every single vote in Florida is counted".

On Friday afternoon, Nelson trailed by around 15,000 votes, or 0.18 percent, below the state's 0.25 percent threshold for a hand recount.

Trump said Scott "won by a comfortable margin", though he noted that "every couple of hours, it goes down a little bit".

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who is also the mayor of Tallahassee, had conceded defeat to his Republican opponent Ron DeSantis late Tuesday night.

Nelson is asking the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida for an immediate injunction and to declare "that all voters who submit a (vote-by-mail) or provisional ballot, and whose ballots are subsequently determined to involve a signature mismatch, be counted as valid votes". Almost halfway across the Atlantic, he wrote: "Rick Scott was up by 50,000+ votes on Election Day, now they "found" many votes and he is only up 15,000 votes".