Florida Governor Race Headed for Recount

Democrats expected to pick up governorships but many races are too close to call

Democrats expected to pick up governorships but many races are too close to call

If Abrams is to close the gap, she will have to gain in the absentee ballots and the unofficial count in heavily Democratic leaning counties.

Gov. Scott is suing Florida's Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes for allowing the counting of the mysterious discovery of thousands of new votes.

"Provisional ballots are becoming rarer but there's an increased likelihood they're going to be accepted", Smith said.

Those ballots will be fed into the voting machine Thursday night.

In others, voters had until 5 p.m. Thursday to submit proper identification.

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. Scott's approval rating as governor has gone up a lot in the a year ago as he's not only managed crises (i.e., hurricanes) but kept a smart level of distance from Trump (i.e. getting close enough but still maintaining an individual reputation). These outstacked ballots would be the ones critical in a manual recount. It was soon overshadowed by the governor's race: a vitriolic competition between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum that has become a proxy battle between Trump and his Democratic opponents.

In yet a third statewide seat - the Cabinet position of agriculture commissioner - the candidates were separated by 483 votes out of more than 8 million cast - a margin of 0.006 percent.

The news stood in stark contrast to the apparent posturing of the opposite by Republican officials who were complaining that Snipes, who is overseeing vote tabulation, was working to give votes to Democratic candidates in the Senate and gubernatorial elections.

"On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count", Gillum's communications director Johanna Cervone said in a statement.

The Nelson camp's statement said Scott had "prematurely" claimed victory on Tuesday, and cited media reports of balloting problems and other polling irregularities.

Florida law provides for automatic recounts when the margin of victory for the victor and runner-up for an office is equal to or less than 0.5 percent, according to Ballotpedia.org. Gillum told supporters on Tuesday that he talked to DeSantis and "congratulated him on what we expect will be him as the next governor of the great state of Florida".

He was in Hialeah Gardens touring a small business.

"We're working hard on the transition", DeSantis said. We'll let the lawyers do what they got to do.

Nelson wants to proceed with a recount.

The next morning, Mr Nelson, who has served 18 years as senator, said in a statement: "We are proceeding to a recount".

And the recounts now have echoes of 2000: Gillum's campaign has hired Barry Richard to represent them during the recount.

After the leads by Republican candidates began to shrink to levels that could force recounts, the president on Friday joined in the partisan attack against Snipes, tweeting in part that Broward County has "miraculously started finding Democrat votes". On election night, Caldwell declared victory. If the numbers hold, there will be a manual recount.

Nelson attorney Elias said historically, more Democrats cast provisional ballots than Republicans. While he was down 57,000 ballots on election night, that total has ticked down to 17,000 votes on Thursday. "For the 2018 election, local postal officials performed regular checks for all ballots received and tendered those to the election office". It was not clear Thursday evening whether all of Broward's freshly counted votes were included in the running statewide tally.

Counties have until Saturday to turn in their first set of unofficial returns.

"We have consistently been the bottom of the barrel getting our voting results in", Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich said in September, the Miami Herald reported.

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