Emergency hearing in Rick Scott vs. Broward County lawsuit

Left to right Andrew Gillum Ron DeSantis Bill Nelson Rick Scott

Left to right Andrew Gillum Ron DeSantis Bill Nelson Rick Scott

According to the division of elections, Nicole "Nikki" Fried took the lead over Caldwell in the race for Florida agriculture commissioner.

Most US political races have already been settled.

And then, aboard Air Force One as it flew out across the Atlantic, Trump tweeted: "As soon as Democrats sent their best Election stealing lawyer, Marc Elias, to Broward County they miraculously started finding Democrat votes".

Florida is not alone.

"This process is about one thing: making sure that every legal ballot is counted and protecting the right of every Floridian to participate in our democracy".

In Arizona, hundreds of thousands of ballots were still left to be counted in a fierce battle for the Senate as Kyrsten Sinema - now a Democratic congresswoman - edged ahead of Martha McSally, a Republican congresswoman.

Scott - the Republican gubernatorial incumbent narrowly leading in the state's race for a U.S. Senate seat - and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) alleged that Broward election officials were hiding critical information about the number of votes cast and counted.

"The people of Florida deserve fairness and transparency", Scott told reporters.

Scott said he was ordering an official investigation into his own race.

Gillum's campaign issued a press release Thursday indicating it was ready to gear up for a possible recount, even though the Tallahassee mayor conceded the governor's race Tuesday to DeSantis, a former congressman who had the support of President Donald Trump.

Trump then inexplicably tied the Florida situation to the Russian Federation investigation.

A hand recount will take place as the difference between Mr Nelson and Mr Scott is within a 0.25 percent margin.

"The Broward County Clerk, Brenda Snipes, was required by law after the polls closed on Tuesday night to within 30 minutes to share how many early votes were counted or cast in that county", McDaniel said.

Broward was at the heart of Florida's bitter legal brawls in 2000. Later, she ran for the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections and won. A decision has not yet been made in that lawsuit. The race has tightened since Gillum conceded Tuesday night to Republican Ron DeSantis. But unlike Scott, DeSantis decidedly defeated Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum with nearly 52 percent of the vote among Keys voters choosing the next governor. Now with two of the state's most Democratic counties still filing unofficial results, Scott's lead has shrunk to less than the half a percentage point that would allow for a recount.

David Lublin, a professor of government at American University, dismissed suggestions that corruption was to blame, and said the latest statements by Trump and Scott "are highly irresponsible". "The supervisors, Brenda Snipes and Susan Booker, can not seem to say how many ballots still exist and where these ballots came from or where they have been".

Nelson is asking the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida for an immediate injunction and to declare "that all voters who submit a (vote-by-mail) or provisional ballot, and whose ballots are subsequently determined to involve a signature mismatch, be counted as valid votes".

If the numbers match up, the vote was reported accurately in the eyes of the county.

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