Florida Governor's Race Poised for Mandatory Recount

Postado Novembro 10, 2018

Overnight Thursday for instance, the lead swapped in the Senate race in Arizona, with Democratic nominee Kyrsten Sinema pulling slightly ahead of Republican Martha McSally.

"There are a lot of unknowns right now", said Daniel Smith, a University of Florida political scientist and voting expert.

The Florida Division of Elections shows Ron DeSantis now leading Andrew Gillum, 49.62 percent to 49.15 percent. "Since that time, it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported".

The midterm battle in Florida is far from over, it seems.

Scott, term-limited out of the governor's mansion, didn't court President Donald Trump's support but also didn't shy away from it.

"Every Floridian should be concerned there is rampant fraud in Broward and Palm Beach Counties", Scott said.

In Broward County, vote-by-mail ballots received on Election Day were still being counted.

Scott's campaign urged Nelson to concede.

Detzner told county election officials on November 8 to prepare for statewide recounts, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

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.

Florida's races for governor and US Senate appeared headed Thursday for law-mandated recounts, while the Democratic candidate for governor in neighbouring Georgia threatened legal action to ensure all votes are counted in her tight race. "Maybe most of all the character of our country is on the ballot". The secretary of state, Ken Detzner, a Scott appointee, will review the results and decide whether to order recounts.

Six races are within the half percentage margin to trigger an automatic machine recount.

Basically it's a swing state in a relatively Democratic year with a Democratic incumbent - it all looked like a real advantage for Nelson.

Similarly, a recount appeared necessary in a Volusia County House race, where Republican Elizabeth Fetterhoff led Rep. Patrick Henry, D-Daytona Beach, by a margin of 50.06 percent to 49.94 percent.

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.

The most recent was former Democratic Sen. Al Franken's 2008 victory in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race.

"He himself said that as ballots are being counted, it is tightening".

Scherer was on hand for Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Mr. Elias spoke of voting issues in traditionally liberal pockets that he claims led to a significant undercount for Mr. Nelson's total.

The Broward County Canvassing Board was to meet in the early afternoon, and about 30 Republican protesters had gathered outside by midday.

Attorney Marc Elias, who is representing Nelson's campaign, suggested Thursday that machine counting - not voters overlooking the race- may be the issue. That may be an indicator of machine problems, Elias said.

"For Bill Nelson, the task is getting the "win" ... no matter what", he said. "That under-vote doesn't make sense". She also did not know how many provisional, military and mismarked ballots needed to be counted.

The Sarasota County Canvassing Board began met Thursday at 5 p.m.to go over 432 provisional ballots that were flagged for some reason, such as a signature mismatch or the voter not having proper identification. These outstacked ballots would be the ones critical in a manual recount. At the time, the state lacked uniform rules for how to proceed.