Florida Governor Race Headed for Recount

10 November, 2018, 07:13 | Author: Bert Pena
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Remember Tuesday night when Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for governor of the state of Florida conceded to the appearance of the race GOP nominee Ron DeSanis. The race has tightened since he conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday, Caldwell led Fried by a.10 percent margin, or just 8,254 votes.

The most recent was former Democratic Sen.

Now, with DeSantis' election, that conservative Republican influence will extend to the Florida Supreme Court, which has a 4-3 liberal majority that has blocked many initiatives advanced by the Republican-led Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott.

DeSantis gave up running for his congressional seat in order to focus on the race for governor.

Nelson spokesman Dan McLaughlin said the senator's campaign is trying to ensure "that all the votes in Florida are counted and counted accurately". They reminded Bucher that if she is not able to meet a recount deadline, the county's most recent unofficial results would be counted instead.

The current secretary of state, Republican Ken Detzner, was appointed by Scott and has been in the post since February 2012.

And like 2000, the counting process is becoming contentious.

Currently, Scott has a narrow lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, with only 15,000 votes separating the two. Scott has also asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to investigate to see if any crimes have been committed. But the agency did not announce an investigation.

"Every Floridian should be concerned there may be rampant fraud in Palm Beach and Broward counties", Scott said. A hearing on that case was set for Friday afternoon.

"Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach".

The Miami Herald reported that he won Florida by about 56,000 votes. In addition, they offered no explanation for why the alleged problems and continuing vote counts appear to be occurring only in precincts that traditionally skew in favor of Democrats. It it is important to Gillum, these sources said, that his supporters know they are fighting for every vote.

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The Associated Press is closely monitoring the race for governor in Florida, where election officials continue to count absentee ballots. His campaign has been concerned about "undervoting" in the county, because thousands of people voted in the governor's race but not the Senate race.

If the margins hold through 12 p.m. Saturday, elections supervisors will begin the statewide machine recount process.

There were two recounts in local races afterwards. They had counted more than 695,700 ballots counted by early Thursday morning.

"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 spokeswoman Johanna Cervone said in a statement.

"We're working really hard on the transition", he said.

When Florida became the center of world attention after the deadlocked 2000 presidential election, Republicans moved with greater speed and aggressiveness - and Democrats didn't forget it. At the time, the state lacked uniform rules for how to proceed.

"This is not like it was in 2000".

But Palm Beach was also the home to the infamous "butterfly ballot" that many Democrats believe cost Gore the election.

While that might appear to augur well for Nelson's chances, there's no guarantee how many, if any, of those ballots will actually turn into votes, even if the voters who cast them meant to vote for Nelson, said Ned Foley an Ohio State law professor and author of "Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States".

Florida's 67 elections supervisors must send their unofficial numbers to the state by 1 p.m. Saturday, and campaign volunteers were scrambled around the state Thursday as supervisors prepared to examine provisional ballots cast by voters with unresolved issues at their polling places.

Florida's governor's race on Thursday joined contests for U.S. Senate and state agricultural commissioner headed toward recounts as continued vote-counting in Democratic strongholds threatened apparent Republican winners. Bill Nelson, 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent, a margin of 0.2 percent, or 17,760 votes.



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