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

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

Except this time, instead of one nationally important race, at least three crucial contests must be tallied again in the state's 67 counties.

As clerks counted more ballots Thursday, races for U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner got closer.

Two Democratic candidates, Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia, were aiming to become the states' first African-American governors, but the races were tilting in favour of their Republican rivals. But there are still about a dozen undecided, competitive House races held by Republicans, and Democrats lead in six.

Scott's campaign filed lawsuits against the supervisors - Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher - Thursday evening.

The Tampa Times reported Thursday afternoon that the gubernatorial race in Florida is now within "recount range".

More than 8.2 million ballots were cast in Florida's election, according to the state Division of Elections web site.

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But the critical question of how many of those votes have been cast and for whom - and the likelihood of whether they will be counted in the end - remained murky. McSally is in a tight Senate race with Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.

The Florida Elections Canvassing Commission - comprised of Scott and two Cabinet members - is slated to meet 9 a.m. November 20th to certify the election results. She was researching the subject Thursday.

Numbers from Floridaelectionwatch.gov showed Ron DeSantis, the Republican governor-elect who accepted victory in the race Tuesday night after Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum conceded, leading in the polls with 49.62 percent of the vote. Nelson's lawyer called that race a "jump ball".

If the margins hold through 12 p.m. Saturday, elections supervisors will begin the statewide machine recount process. Al Franken's 2008 victory in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race.

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. "Our campaign, along with our attorney, Barry Richard, is monitoring the situation closely and is ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount". Bill Nelson shrunk to less than one-quarter of one percent, the point where a manual recount would be ordered. "Democrats will take every step to ensure that every single ballot is counted and we will be pursuing a recount in Nikki Fried's election for the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs". He said the dropoff was likely a result of a machine malfunction or ballots with markings that tabulation machines rejected, and he predicted Nelson would be the victor after a recount.

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

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"We're working really hard on the transition", he said. I know we have a better voting system.

I'm looking forward to seeing every vote counted.

Florida was mocked for the way it handled the infamous 2000 recount, especially since there was no uniform process then on how to proceed. That has changed, with the Legislature passing a clear procedure on how a recount should be conducted. "There's not a lot of room for strategy", Richard said. Kemp has declared victory, but Abrams has not conceded, contending there are thousands of absentee and provisional ballots yet to be counted. Her department's website said ballots cast on Election Day have been counted.

Nelson's campaign has hired Marc Elias, a Democratic lawyer who regularly works issues of voter's rights and election protection. "Nelson will be in the lead going into the recount, although I would say it's a jump ball", Elias said in a conference call with reporters Thursday. "We believe that at the end of this process that Senator Nelson is going to be declared the victor". In a statement, Nelson said "we are proceeding to a recount".

The developments in Broward continue as Democrats mount an increasingly aggressive posture and look toward a statewide recount.

"If you look at Broward and Palm Beach (counties) to a lesser extent. they have had a disgusting history", Trump told reporters at the White House before departing for Paris.

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The current secretary of state, Republican Ken Detzner, was appointed by Scott and has been in the post since February 2012.

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