USA mid-terms 2018: Florida senate race recount triggered

USA mid-terms 2018: Florida senate race recount triggered

Gillum himself took to Facebook Live to address supporters, though he did not explicitly comment on if he hoped to win: "In spite of the fact that we're a little bit down in the numbers, we're hopeful that every single vote will be counted in this race", he said. Bill Nelson had earlier predicted that Nelson would eventually win.

These ballots are the last to be counted and are verified by county canvassing boards.

Gillum conceded to DeSantis on Tuesday night, and DeSantis was busy Wednesday announcing his transition staff in emails describing him as "governor-elect". "Nelson is going to be declared the victor and return to the U.S. Senate", said Marc Elias, a recount attorney hired by the Nelson campaign, in a conference call.

The Florida governor's race is heading to a machine recount and the U.S. Senate race will face a lengthier manual recount after returns from Broward County on Thursday pushed Democrats Andrew Gillum and U.S. Sen.

The race for Florida agricultural commissioner was already a tight one on election night, but with new ballot returns, the Democratic candidate has now taken the lead.

Meanwhile, the race for U.S. Senate in Florida has narrowed so much that it could trigger a recount by hand.

Gillum has 49.1 percent, or 4,023,124 votes, while DeSantis has 49.6 percent, or 4,066,059 votes, for a margin of just under 43,000, according to NBC News.

As of 9 a.m., DeSantis' lead was just 42,948 votes out of 8,189,305 ballots cast - equal to 0.52 percent of the vote. A 0.25-point vote margin prompts a more thorough manual recount.




The perpetually mismanaged elections office in Broward County, led by embattled Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, is in the hot seat once again: Snipes, who was found to have violated federal law in 2016 by deleting ballots that were the subject of a lawsuit, now says she has no clue how many ballots might be left to count in Broward County. "We believe that at the end of this process that Senator Nelson is going to be declared the victor and is going to return to the United States Senate".

Marc Elias, a Washington lawyer on Nelson's team, said the candidate was demanding a recount. It won't change things, but it will put paid to the conspiracy theories that are already floating in Georgia over the election process there. But Elias said that there were significant disparities even between congressional districts in the county meant the issue could be with voting machines.

"It is sad and embarrassing that Bill Nelson would resort to these low tactics after the voters have clearly spoken", Scott's campaign said in a statement.

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

If the margin in a statewide race is less than 0.5 percent, the secretary of state, Ken Detzner, is required to order a machine recount. An overvote is when a voter fills in more than one circle on the ballot for a given race; an undervote is when a voter leaves a race blank. After hearing oral arguments from campaign lawyers for Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore, the nation's highest court awarded Florida's electoral votes to Bush.

Candidates cannot request recounts, although those with fewer votes can refuse them.

While Nelson never conceded defeat to Scott, Gillum had initially conceded the governor's race.

The Gillum campaign sent out an email to supporters Thursday afternoon urging those with provisional ballots to call their supervisor of elections offices before 5 p.m.to make sure their ballot was counted, and campaign spokeswoman Johanna Cervone said the campaign was prepared for a recount effort.

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