Florida braces for recounts in governor, Senate races

Republicans Score Major Upsets in Florida

Republicans Score Major Upsets in Florida

Two Democratic candidates, Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia, were aiming to become the states' first African-American governors, but the races were tilting in favour of their Republican rivals. But by 2:45 p.m., his margin according to FloridaElectionWatch.gov had dropped below the.50 level as well, to.47 of 1 percent.

In wake of Hurricane Maria, many Puerto Ricans moved to South Florida and they've expressed their frustration with the president's inability to help as the territory struggled to rebuild.

Gillum encouraged voters Thursday to follow up and make sure their ballots were counted, as votes were still being tallied. We'll let the lawyers do what they got to do.

Scott has filed lawsuits against the Supervisor of Elections in both Broward and Palm Beach counties over the way they are handling the ballot-counting process.

Nelson spokesman Dan McLaughlin said the senator's campaign is trying to ensure "that all the votes in Florida are counted and counted accurately".

In the governor's race, Democrat Andrew Gillum's campaign said Thursday it's prepared for a possible recount.

Florida's secretary of state must still officially declare whether there will be a recount in any state race. At that time, if the spread in the Senate race is less than half of a percentage point - which seemed a near certainty - there will be an automatic machine recount. DeSantis holds a lead of 38,613 votes out of more than 8.2 million ballots counted - a margin of 0.47 percentage points.

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.

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

Currently, Scott has a narrow lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, with only 15,000 votes separating the two. "It is sad and embarrassing that Bill Nelson would resort to these low tactics after voters have clearly spoken".

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That information has to be presented to the voter's county supervisor of elections office by 5 p.m. today.

Early voting and vote-by-mail ballots are still being counted in Broward County, while vote-by-mail ballots are still being counted in Palm Beach County.

The competitive race - widely viewed as a proxy war between the progressive left and the far-right - attracted intense national scrutiny, with Democrats hopeful for a win amid a surge in voter turnout.

Ingoglia was particularly harsh about the lack of information coming from Broward and Palm Beach counties. "Nowhere. And how is it when Democrats are behind, they always manage to pick up votes after the fact?"

"I'd like to say it, but not really".

The canvassing board met to review an estimated 660 provisional ballots, cast by voters who lacked IDs or went to the wrong precincts.

Snipes, who heads the Broward elections office, dismissed that notion, saying there is not a calibration problem with the machines. In 2016, there were 24,460 provisional ballots submitted, with 10,998 ballots ultimately being counted, according to the Florida Division of Elections. He's the lone statewide Democratic officeholder in Florida. "We have been doing this quietly behind the scenes, not to be presumptuous, but just because you don't have enough time".

They hope votes from these areas, once they are recounted, will allow Mr Nelson to leapfrog his Republican rival.

FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen was personally chosen by Scott in 2015, even though the appointment is subject to approval by the three elected Cabinet members.

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