Gillum campaign issues statement on possibility of a recount

Gillum campaign issues statement on possibility of a recount

Due to a combination of racism, Andrew Gillum's alleged involvement in an FBI investigation, the obvious suppression of 1.4 million formerly incarcerated people's votes, and a few other factors, Florida's major statewide races this year were remarkably close. (The word "shall" is in the statute.) The candidates who are shown to be losing can refuse the recount, but it doesn't look like Bill Nelson or Nikki Fried, the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate and Agriculture Commissioner, respectively, are going to do so.

"What Bill Nelson is saying is just a desperate attempt by a career politician trying to hold on to power", Ingoglia, a member of the Florida House of Representatives, told Kate Bouldan on CNN.

These ballots are the last to be counted and are verified by county canvassing boards. Florida's gubernatorial race might be headed for a recount. But DeSantis' victory margin has since dropped to.52 percentage points - a mere two-hundredths of a point shy of the recount threshold. Palm Beach and Broward counties haven't completed their vote-by-mail tallies yet, and all but a handful of counties have yet to complete reviews of provisional ballots.

As of Wednesday morning, DeSantis led Gillum by 43,039 votes out of almost 8.2 million cast, or a difference of 0.526 percentage points. In Florida, a margin of half a percentage point or less would trigger an automatic recount. That means as many as 50,000 votes have yet to be counted.

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The statement provided no information on the size or location of these "uncounted ballots", but they echoed claims made Thursday morning in a conference call the Nelson campaign arranged with Marc Elias, an election lawyer with the powerhouse Democratic firm of Perkins Coie. (Damaged ballots are duplicated so they can be re-scanned.) Counties with electronic voting machines compare the number of total votes cast according to the machines with the total vote count that the county initially reported. "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".

"I believe Sen. Nelson will prevail", Elias said. "Maybe next, he'll start ranting that Russians stole the election from him". It won't change things, but it will put paid to the conspiracy theories that are already floating in Georgia over the election process there.

The Scott camp responded by calling the Democrat's reticence to concede "a sad way for Bill Nelson to end his career", NBC News reported.

Election officials in each of Florida's 67 counties have until noon Saturday to report unofficial results to the state, and Elias said a machine recount would likely be completed by Nov. 15 with further overvote and undervote counting until Sunday, Nov. 18.

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"It's important every voter who cast a ballot has it counted and counted accurately", Elias said.

But now that the margin between them has narrowed to almost 22,000 votes as of Thursday, Florida State Law mandates a statewide recount.

In the Senate race, under votes are ballots in which optical-scanning machines counted a vote for a down-ballot race such as governor or attorney general but not for senator.

Richard represented former President George W. Bush in the 2000 Florida recount.

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"On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count", Johanna Cervone, communications director for Gillum's campaign, said in a statement on Thursday before the automatic recount was triggered.

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