Florida braces for election recounts, starting with senate race

Courtesy CBS News

Courtesy CBS News

As of this writing, the discrepancy sits at just over 38,000 votes out of 8.2 million cast, giving Gillum 49.15 percent of the vote to DeSantis' 49.62 percent, according the state's elections division.

In wake of Hurricane Maria, many Puerto Ricans moved to South Florida and they've expressed their frustration with the president's inability to help as the territory struggled to rebuild.

Those recounts were halted by the US Supreme Court, and George W. Bush defeated Al Gore by 537 votes in Florida to win the presidency.

In the meantime, Democratic Agricultural Commissioner candidate Nikki Fried has pulled ahead of seeming victor Matt Caldwell by just 582 votes. "We do not let people seize ballots when they think they're losing".

The Nelson campaign has hired Elias, a prominent Democratic attorney, for the recount fight.

Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Matthew Continetti said Thursday that the recount for the Senate race in Florida between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Democratic Sen. "The recounts will be nationally watched". That's a.47 percent vote margin, which triggers an automatic statewide recount.

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In elections with a winning margin of 0.25 percentage points or fewer, the state requires a hand recount of ballots where machines didn't detect a vote.

Scherer said it appears both sides would have lawyers in all 67 counties in anticipation of recounts that may begin as soon as Sunday and continue on Monday, Veterans' Day - a state holiday.

Both Nelson and Scott had observers watching Sarasota County's provisional ballot count, with Democratic state Rep. Margaret Good representing Nelson and newly elected Sarasota County Commissioner Christian Ziegler representing Scott.

Democrat Andrew Gillum pulled to less than half of one percent behind Republican Ron DeSantis in the governor's race, while Republican Rick Scott's lead over Democratic U.S. Sen. "It is sad and embarrassing that Bill Nelson would resort to these low tactics after voters have clearly spoken".

A judge Friday sided with Scott and ordered Broward County's election supervisor to release the voter information sought by the governor by 7 p.m.

The county has not answered questions about its process and about how many votes it has left to count. Over votes are ballots in which scanners detected that voters marked more than one choice for Senate.

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But as vote counts updated Wednesday overnight - with elections employees running ballots through voting machines into the early morning - the margins shrank.

"We've all seen the incompetence and irregularities in vote tabulations in Broward and Palm Beach for years".

Mr Scott is now leading by a mere 17,000 votes.

The center of Democratic voting concerns are in Broward County, the second most populous county in Florida, where lawyers believe there is an issue with how voters were calculated for Nelson.

The machine recount would end at 3 p.m. November 15. "They have to be transparent and tell us what they are counting and how many they are counting", he said.

"I'm cynical", said Matt Schlapp, president of the American Conservative Union.

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"We are requesting the total number of provisional ballots in Pasco County, and the voter information for these ballots", Grace Albergo, regional political director for Scott's campaign, wrote in an email published by The Tampa Bay Times. In that recount, Continetti said, there was a shift of less than 1,000 votes. Unfortunately, Florida residents hadn't actually voted yet, leading viewers to speculate about what exactly was going on at the network. "The ones that are accepted will all be opened and we'll tabulate those tonight to add to the count".

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