Florida to Recount of Votes in its Races for the US Senate and Governor
Florida will hold a machine recount of votes in its races for the US Senate and Governor, with results due by 3:00p (2000 GMT) on Thursday, 15 November, its Secretary of State said Saturday.
The 2 contests, along with those for Governor in Georgia and for the US Senate in Arizona, are the most high-profile races still undecided after Tuesday’s congressional elections.
In Florida’s election for the US Senate, Republican Governor Rick Scott had seen his lead narrow over incumbent Democratic US Senator Bill Nelson to about 12,500 votes, or 0.15%, by Saturday afternoon.
Senator Nelson (D-FL) said his campaign would continue taking action to ensure every vote is counted without interference or efforts to undermine the democratic process.
“We believe when every legal ballot is counted we’ll win this election,” Senator Nelson said in a statement.
Governor Scott urged every Sheriff in the state to watch for any violations during the recount process as outlined in Florida law, and take appropriate actions.
“We will not let unethical liberals steal this election!” Governor Scott Tweeted.
In the gubernatorial contest, unofficial results showed Republican Ron DeSantis’ lead over Democrat Andrew Gillum had slimmed to about 33,700 votes, or 0.41%.
Accusations of fraud and lawsuits have emerged over the Florida contests in recent days, conjuring memories of the state’s Y 2000 Presidential vote recount.
In that election, the winner of the White House hung in the balance for weeks before the US Supreme Court stopped the counting and Republican George W. Bush triumphed over Democrat Al Gore.
President Donald Trump has accused Democratic election officials in Florida’s Broward and Palm Beach Counties of corruption.
“Trying to STEAL two big elections in Florida! We are watching closely!” President Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
Governor Scott has filed lawsuits against Democratic election supervisors in the 2 counties, accusing them of violating election law and demanding access to their vote tallies.
Senator Nelson also filed a motion in federal court asking that provisional and absentee ballots not be rejected because election officials deem that the signatures do not match voters’ signatures on file.
In Tuesday’s elections, Democrats won a majority in the US House of Representatives after 8 years in the minority, while Republicans expanded their advantage in the US Senate.