Florida’s Race For Governor Is In Recount Territory

Courtesy CBS News

Florida law mandates machine recounts if the winning margin is 0.5 percent or less. If the margin is within 0.25%, as it stood Thursday in the Senate race, a hand recount - slower and more thorough than by machine - is ordered.

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. "Our campaign, along with our attorney Barry Richard, is monitoring the situation closely and is ready for an outcome, including a state-mandated recount".

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.

Fox News host Bret Baier compared the Florida recounts to the 2000 presidential recount in the state.

Nelson's elections lawyer, Marc Elias, a veteran of prominent recounts around the country, told reporters Thursday morning that he expects the gap to narrow and reach the manual-recount threshold.

"Rick Scott will be the next U.S. Senator from the state of Florida". If Saturday's count shows DeSantis with a margin narrow enough to trigger a recount, AP will retract its call for DeSantis.

"You actually can not predict which way the shift is going to be", said David O'Brien, an attorney with FairVote.

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

Nikki Fried, a Democratic candidate running for agricultural commissioner, actually leapfrogged over Republican Matt Caldwell to take the lead - leading Caldwell's campaign to howl about "potential corruption".

As of late Thursday afternoon, it was the only Florida county that had not finished tabulating ballots cast during early voting and was one of two counties that had not finished counting ballots submitted by mail.

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"For Bill Nelson - the task is getting the "win" ... no matter what", a statement from Mr. Scott's camp read.

A possible recount looms in tight races for Florida governor, Senate and agriculture commission.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio released a thread of tweets Thursday, saying there shouldn't still be issues with counting votes in South Florida if the portion of the state that was affected by the hurricane managed to have its votes counted in time.

"He didn't even know what the hell we were doing with the election", Lux said.

"I think the first priority in terms of what is really urgent for Florida is really getting us on a strong track on water quality and the environment", he said. "And the supervisors - Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher - can not seem to say how many ballots still exist and where these ballots came from or where they have been". The Senate candidates appeared on the Broward ballot before the candidates for governor.

Florida was mocked for the way it handled the infamous 2000 recount, especially since there was no uniform process then on how to proceed. "Nelson is going to be declared the victor and return to the U.S. Senate", Elias said Thursday.

In Miami-Dade, only provisional and overseas ballots remained uncounted.

Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott speaks to supporters at an election watch party, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Naples, Fla.

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

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