Tight Florida Senate Race in Turmoil With Late Votes and Lawsuit

Leroy Wright
November 10, 2018

The U.S. Senate race between Bill Nelson and Rick Scott is nearly certainly headed to a manual recount. Bill Nelson had dwindled to below the threshold of certainty and into recount territory.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday, lists the Democratic Executive Committee as a plaintiff with Nelson and Florida Secretary Ken Detzner as a defendant.

She ordered Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes to allow for the "immediate inspection" and "photocopying" of the requested records no later than 7:00 p.m. Friday.

CNN is reporting that absentee ballots postmarked on November 6 - Election Day - may take another day or two to arrive, so the total could change.

Similar action has been taken in other states with signature match laws, most notably Georgia. At the same time, Snipes was at the voting equipment center in Lauderhill with the canvassing board reviewing questionable ballots.

"As soon as Democrats sent their best Election stealing lawyer, Marc Elias, to Broward County they miraculously started finding Democrat votes", he said of Democrats' top lawyer on the case. A spokeswoman for the agency said there were no credible allegations of fraud, therefore no active investigation. During a press conference Thursday night, Scott said, "The people of Florida deserve fairness and transparency, and the supervisors are failing to give it to us".

Trump later weighed in, tweeting Thursday evening: "Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach".

Homestretch polls showed Nelson holding a narrow lead over Scott, but the pair were never far apart in surveys since the governor formally declared his candidacy in April.

The statement said state law requires a recount when the margin between candidates is less than a one-half percentage point.

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There were two recounts in local races afterwards.

The next morning, Mr Nelson, who has served 18 years as senator, said in a statement: "We are proceeding to a recount". "Right now the results are unknown, as to who has won", he said.

About 60 Republican protesters demonstrated outside Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes' office on Friday, chanting, "We want answers, Brenda Snipes!"

A razor-thin margin of less than 0.5 percent separates Republican challenger Rick Scott and incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. "We are committed to ensuring every single vote in Florida is counted".

Her office, rather than giving hourly updates, is "releasing thousands of additional votes, often in the overnight hours, that are chipping away at GOP leads", Rubio said.

The ballots yet to be counted place both Scott and Ron DeSantis is perilous positions. Her department's website said ballots cast on Election Day have been counted. "But you know what?"

The race for governor between GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis and Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is also close enough that a recount is possible. As of Thursday night, "Gillum trailed DeSantis by about 36,000 votes, or 0.44 percentage points", according to the Orlando Sentinel.

RNC Chairmwoman Ronna McDaniel isn't backing down as Democrats continue their efforts to steal Florida Governor Rick Scott's rightfully earned U.S. Senate seat.

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