Prospect of another recount in Florida sparks partisan showdown

Brenda C. Snipes Broward county supervisor of elections grimaces during a news conference updating the progress of voting throughout the county Tuesday Nov. 2 2004 at the Broward County voter equipment center in Fort Lauderdale Fla

Brenda C. Snipes Broward county supervisor of elections grimaces during a news conference updating the progress of voting throughout the county Tuesday Nov. 2 2004 at the Broward County voter equipment center in Fort Lauderdale Fla

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Photos shared on Twitter showed that on the ballot papers in Broward county the section where voters could opt for Scott or Nelson was located in the bottom left of the ballot, beneath instructions on how to vote.

Scott holds a razor-thin lead over Nelson.

Florida counties will continue canvassing operations until noon on Saturday, at which point state law requires them to be finished. The race remains too close to call, with Nelson narrowly trailing Scott.

Wading farther into the midterms muck, the Nelson campaign filed a lawsuit against Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, a Republican who was appointed by Scott, over vote-by-mail ballots and the process used to validate them.

A Broward County judge ruled against the county in a lawsuit over ballot counting irregularities Friday.

"I was more just out of curiosity looking at all these close elections and frustrated by the results", Murphy said.

Gretl Plessinger, a spokeswoman for the Florida law enforcement agency, said by phone Thursday night that the agency would follow up on the governor's request. There were also chants of "lock he up" directed at Broward's Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes.

As of Friday morning, the difference in votes between the Democratic incumbent and his Republican challenger, Governor Rick Scott, was just 15,055 votes, or.18 percent, well within the.25 percent threshold that triggers a manual recount.

"We want every vote counted", Mr Gillum said in a video posted to Facebook.

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Rick Scott, who is vying for a seat in the Senate, has ripped the female election supervisors in the state's two largest counties as "unethical liberals".

At a makeshift news conference at the governor's mansion Thursday night, Scott said the slow count in Broward and Palm Beach meant Democrats were trying to "steal" the election. He's asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate.

In a call with reporters Thursday, Nelson's lawyer, Marc Elias, said that the race now stands as a "jump ball" as counties around the state canvass their votes, but he believes Nelson will prevail in the end.

Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott smiles as he speaks to supporters at an election watch party, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Naples, Fla. A hearing was set for 3 p.m.in state court.

Scott claimed victory Tuesday night and has filed lawsuits against two county elections officials, in Palm Beach and Broward Counties, alleging their offices have withheld voting records.

"So it has been over 48 hours since the polls closed, and Broward and Palm Beach counties are still finding and counting ballots, and the supervisors - Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher - can not seem to say how many ballots still exist or where these ballots came from, or where they have been", Scott said. In the governor's race, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, trailed former Republican congressman Ron DeSantis by more than 36,000 votes, or 0.45 percent.

A third state-wide race that could go to a recount - the agriculture commissioner race between Democrat Nikki Fried and Republican Matt Caldwell - is the tightest of all, with Fried holding a 483-vote lead - a margin of 0.006 percent.

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