Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Holy Hanging Chads! Gillum Is Back In The Race Near Recount

Holy Hanging Chads! Gillum Is Back In The Race Near Recount

As of Wednesday morning, DeSantis led Gillum by 43,039 votes out of almost 8.2 million cast, or a difference of 0.526 of a percentage point.

Scott has a narrow lead over incumbent Democratic Sen. Scott's campaign urged Nelson to concede. In that race, Florida, which held the balance of power in the Electoral College, was decided in favor of Bush by.01%, or fewer than 1,000 votes, after the Supreme Court halted an ongoing recount.

The Florida gubernatorial race isn't over yet.

He cited past missteps by Snipes, all of them widely reported, but offered no evidence of election fraud, and ordered the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate Snipes.

With Broward still counting early and mail ballots and Palm Beach County still counting mail ballots, Gov. Rick Scott holds a lead of.18 percent over Sen.

Snipes is in the crosshairs after the vote counting from Tuesday's election has taken days to complete.

The FDLE does not have an active investigation of Snipes, according to FDLE spokesman Gretl Plessinger. "Rick Scott's action appears to be politically motivated and born out of desperation".

On Thursday evening, President Donald Trump weighed in with a tweet on the Senate race.

Bucher, in Palm Beach, did not answer a call to her cell phone Thursday night.

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 two top races in the state, for governor and senator, seem likely to go to recounts, with less than.5 percent separating the Republican and Democratic candidates, which automatically triggers a new machine count under Florida law. And if the margin is less than 0.25 percent, the recount must be done by hand.

Elias says a hand recount needs to be conducted to determine the victor of the race. The placement of the Senate race on the ballot could have made it possible to overlook.

In a statement Thursday, Gillum's campaign says it underestimated the ballots that still needed to be counted when he conceded. Richard had previously been known for representing Bush during the 2000 recount.

Gillum's campaign said his initial concession Tuesday night was based on "best information available about the number of outstanding ballots" at the time. "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. Count every vote", said Gillum in a tweet posted just minutes after Gov. Rick Scott said he filed a lawsuit against Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes.


DeSantis declined to discuss prospects for a recount, telling reporters he's "very proud to be elected".

"It's a great honor", he said.

"We're working really hard on the transition", he said. "We do not let people seize ballots when they think they're losing". "But, we're good and look forward to serving".

Florida was mocked for its handling of the infamous 2000 recount.

"This is not like it was in 2000. There's not a lot of room for strategy", Richard said.

"Every Floridian should be concerned there may be rampant fraud happening in Broward and Palm Beach counties", he said.

Broward County has a troubled election history, Its county's election supervisor, Brenda Snipes, has been at the center of several controversies, including one 2016 case in which her office destroyed physical ballots but kept digital copies. She also did not know how many provisional, military and mismarked ballots need to be counted.

Nelson lawyer Marc Elias says it's "not appropriate" for a governor to suggest he's going to use his powers to "interject his law enforcement authority to prevent the counting of ballots that have been legally cast".

"A significant number of ballots have not yet been counted and, because of the size of Florida, we believe the results of the election are unknown and require a recount", Elias said in a statement Wednesday. "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".

In the governor's race, Democrat Andrew Gillum's campaign said Thursday it's readying for a possible recount.

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

"It is sad and embarrassing that Bill Nelson would resort to these low tactics after the voters have clearly spoken", said a statement signed by Scott's team.

In the agriculture commissioner race, Democrat Nikki Fried had a 483-vote lead over Republican state Rep. Rep. Matt Caldwell, or a difference of 0.006 percentage points - well within range of a hand recount.

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