Trump attacks Snipes, Broward County over election issues

10 November, 2018, 07:18 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • MSNBC screengrab showing governor's race'results

In the race for the governor's mansion between former GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis and his Democratic opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, DeSantis now leads Gillum 49.62 percent to 49.15 percent, a 0.47 percent margin - or 38,501 votes.

"All of a sudden they are finding votes out of nowhere", Trump said of the Senate race.

"I think it's very important for Governor Scott to speak out, because what you see from the Marc Elias statement-he was Hillary Clinton's lawyer in 2016, he's a Democratic powerhouse-he is clearly trying to go in strong and dominant the narrative from the outset", Continetti said on Fox News.

Scott, who once enjoyed a healthy lead, is now only about 15,000 votes ahead of Nelson, a number that if it holds would mandate a recount.

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.

Scott said "unethical liberals" were trying to steal the election in Democratic strongholds of Broward and Palm Beach County.

He cited past missteps by Snipes, all of them widely reported, but offered no evidence of election fraud, and ordered the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate Snipes.

While admitting the Senate race was close, Trump believes Scott won easily and remains concerned over ballots continuing to be counted. So it may be a while before we know who will represent the voters of the largest congressional district geographically east of the Mississippi. Canvassing boards conduct the recount by running ballots through vote tabulation machines.

"No one should stand in the way of the people of our state exercising their right to vote and to have their voice heard", the senator said in a statement. But Nelson is not conceding. This is only 0.18 points, and well within the 0.25-point margin that triggers a hand recount.

As of Thursday evening, it met the qualifications to undergo a manual recount, with Scott earning 50.09 percent of the vote.

Here's what a recount in Florida would look like
Senate and Florida Agriculture Commissioner - as well as a smattering of smaller races - all within a razor-thin margin. More than 8.2 million ballots were cast in Florida's election, according to the state Division of Elections web site.

"It's a little early to say how it's going to play out", Foley said.

Gretl Plessinger, a spokeswoman for the FDLE, said the agency would follow up on the governor's request.

Scott's campaign separately filed a lawsuit demanding that the Broward County supervisor of elections turn over several records detailing the counting and collection of ballots cast for each day of the past week. The governor, meanwhile, filed lawsuits in both counties seeking more information on how their ballots were being tallied.

Voters have until 5 p.m.to address any outstanding problems with their provisional ballots. "They are preparing to try to steal this election in the courts because they couldn't win it at the ballot box".

A group of about 30 sign-holding Republican protesters gathered outside the office of Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, singing "The Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America". But DeSantis' victory margin has since dropped to.52 percentage points - a mere two-hundredths of a point shy of the recount threshold.

In Florida, The Associated Presshas called the race for Republican Ron DeSantis over Democrat Andrew Gillum.

Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Matthew Continetti said Thursday that the recount for the Senate race in Florida between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Democratic Sen.

In elections with a winning margin of 0.25 percentage points or fewer, the state requires a hand recount of ballots where machines didn't detect a vote.

Broward Democrats opened a storefront office in Fort Lauderdale to find provisional voters, but the 56-page list provided by Snipes' office lacked such information as the voters' addresses or phone numbers. The melee became known as "The Brooks Brothers Riot".

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