Florida races heading for recount

Florida races heading for recount

In other counties the section for Scott and Nelson was presented more prominently at the top of the ballot.

People look on at a television screen broadcasting election results at the election night party for Florida Governor Rick Scott at the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples.

Circuit Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips set a 7 p.m. Friday deadline for Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes to turn over the voter information under Florida's open records laws.

Scott's campaign announced Friday that the National Republican Senatorial Committee has retained the Gibson Dunn law firm on behalf of the campaign.

Broward County was still counting early voting and vote-by-mail ballots Friday.

The suit also accuses her of preventing county canvassing board officials from performing its duties, the WESH report said.

Ballots in both races are still being counted. "This morning we spoke with the Department of State and they indicated that at this time they had no allegations of fraud".

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The ongoing accounts have whittled Mr. Scott's lead from roughly 60,000 on Election Night to slightly more than 15,000 late Friday.

Under Florida law, a recount is mandatory if the winning candidate's margin is less than 0.5 percentage points when the first unofficial count is verified Saturday by Florida's secretary of state.

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

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rick Scott has even gone so far as to allege an outright conspiracy by those offices to "steal" the election.

"With today's filing, their desperation has driven them to ask the federal courts to allow voter fraud", Scott campaign manager Jackie Schutz Zeckman said.

A lawyer for Nelson criticized Scott for using his official position to try to influence ballot counting.

Neither the Associated Press nor CNN have called the race.

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Meanwhile, Democrat Stacey Abrams' campaign for Georgia governor has reserved television advertising time and started sending vote-by-mail information to its supporters in the event she forces a December 4 runoff with Republican Brian Kemp. He also requests Saturday's deadline to canvas ballots be extended until the legal matter is resolved.

The hiring came after Scott derided Nelson for hiring Elias as "one of Hillary Clinton's lawyers from D.C". Florida state law requires officials to match signatures on mail-in and provisional ballots against existing state records in order to include the ballot in the vote.

The initial tally after Election Day showed he carried Monroe County by exactly one vote.

Not only does it seem like this led to confusion, this exact problem was anticipated by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission more than a decade ago.

Earlier in the day, Nelson's recount lawyer predicted that the Democratic incumbent would emerge the victor over Scott as ballots continued to be examined, particularly in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Nelson campaign lawyer Elias said in a conference call with reporters that making sure every vote is counted "is a feature, not flaw, of our democratic system".

November 15: Machine recounts are due by 3 p.m. Kemp leads Abrams with 50.3% of the vote and has claimed victory, but Abrams, who would be the first female black governor in the U.S., has yet to concede, saying that some votes have not yet been counted.

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The two southern states are in the spotlight after Tuesday's closely watched midterm elections, in which Democrats reclaimed the House of Representatives from President Donald Trump's Republicans and flipped a number of governorships. Gillum conceded to his opponent, Ron DeSantis, on Tuesday, but as more votes have been counted the race has narrowed. As of Thursday night, "Gillum trailed DeSantis by about 36,000 votes, or 0.44 percentage points", according to the Orlando Sentinel.

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