Sen. Rubio: Dems trying to steal Florida elections

Clay Curtis
November 10, 2018

Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). The margin of victory in that race has narrowed to 0.22 percent, which places it in manual recount territory. If the margin is less than 0.25 percent, the recount must be done by hand.

Following Scott's presser, Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, trailed Democratic challenger Janet Cruz on Wednesday morning by a margin of 50.07 percent to 49.93 percent, the state Division of Elections website showed.

If a hand recount is triggered, it would have to be completed by November 18 and results finalized by November 20.

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

Here's what will happen with those "under votes": All counties must submit their unofficial results to the state on Saturday.

In a statement Thursday, Gillum's campaign says it underestimated the ballots that still needed to be counted when he conceded.

"You mean they are just now finding votes in Florida and Georgia - but the Election was on Tuesday?"

Democrats believe there are enough votes out to tip the Senate race towards Nelson, but are less confident in Gillum's race, where the divide is around 37,000 votes in DeSantis' favor. "Nelson is going to be declared the victor and is going to return to the United States Senate", he said.

Nelson was been viewed as one of the more vulnerable Democrats thanks to the formidable challenge from Scott, a multimillionaire businessman who has poured more than $60 million of his own fortune into his campaign.

This race, like the gubernatorial and Senate races, is certainly headed to a recount.

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"It has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", Gillum's campaign said in a statement.

Abrams' campaign has questioned a number of aspects of the state's election administration, which Kemp oversaw until Thursday, including the fact that hundreds of votes came in from absentee ballots in Cobb County, according to the AP, after Kemp's office said all absentee ballots had already been counted. Bill Nelson and Republican Rick Scott is too close to call.

"I'm confident that they're going to see about a 3 percent increase in the vote for Senate", he said.

The Florida governor's race appeared to be much closer to settled on Tuesday night when Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis. "As supervisors across our state work tirelessly to do just that, our support has grown and we are now leading by just under 600 votes - Florida supervisors and canvassing boards are doing an incredible job of ensuring everyone's voices are heard and the process is fair and transparent". That's 0.04 percent of the vote total, also still well under the 0.25 difference, now at 20,116 votes in that race, requiring a hand recount. For the record most times election results are not overturned - but this is Florida.

"I thank him for that", the Democratic lawyer said dryly.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has said they are not investigating, that no allegations of fraud have been brought forward and there has been no written request from Scott yet.

Nelson lawyer Mar Elias shot back at Scott for using his official position to try to influence the election. "We have an epidemic in this country of people having their ballots thrown out because election officials don't think the signatures match".

"By releasing information for those who completed a provisional ballot, it may be possible to determine how that individual cast their ballot in specific contests, thereby violating both Florida Statutes and the Florida Constitution with their right to cast a secret ballot", he said.

It's unknown how many provisional ballots have been cast statewide in Florida this year. Most counties also still had not fully tabulated their provisional ballots - in which a vote is cast, but subject to further review of a voter's eligibility.

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