United States election: Florida Democrat calls for recount in tight Senate race

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And no angry mobs in suits - at least not yet.

"The recounts will be nationally watched". Among other things, the infamous punch-card ballots are no longer. Shortly before midnight, Scott, flanked by his family, addressed supporters in Naples.He acknowledged the combative nature of the race, in which Scott and his supporters repeatedly characterized Nelson, 76, as verging on senility.

The fact that a Black woman was presiding over the vote counting process in the pivotal Broward County likely only compounded the apparent anger Republicans were expressing over the elections they thought they won Tuesday night.

Nikki Fried, the Democratic candidate, has taken a small lead over state Rep. Matt Caldwell, the Republican candidate.

Florida requires an automatic machine recount if the candidates are within half a point of each other - and a hand recount if the diffence between the candidates is less than 0.25 percent. A hand recount is triggered if the margin is.25 percent or less.

Scott slammed the supervisors of elections in Palm Beach and Broward counties and said liberals in the two counties are trying to steal the election. But the agency did not announce an investigation. "Scott can not allow that to happen". "But it's a lot harder to count a vote that hasn't been cast".

"You actually can not predict which way the shift is going to be", said David O'Brien, an attorney with FairVote. This is not a third world dictatorship. "They want results. They want us to work for positive results for their lives".

Trump claimed Nelson never called "to ask for my help" with Florida's problems and hailed Scott's response to hurricanes.

In the lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, the NRSC and Scott accuse Bucher of not allowing the county's canvassing board to determine "all valid votes" from "overvoted" and "undervoted" absentee ballots and "has made determinations regarding voter intent herself".

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"It would be one thing if it were 3,000 or 5,000 votes - but 20,000?" "You might end up seeing more votes going to your opponent".

"Don't steal our election!" they shouted in chants alternated with songs including "The Star Spangled Banner" and reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. "And the Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has a history of acting in bad faith", he said. Eventually a judge ruled that the law had been violated.

Meanwhile, Abrams trailed Georgia secretary of state Brian Kemp by 1.3% in their governor's race, but her campaign complained that Kemp proclaimed victory prematurely. But the final, unofficial tally brought the margin close enough for a recount.

The Florida governor's race appeared to be all but settled Tuesday night when Gillum conceded to DeSantis.

Democrat Andrew Gillum's campaign said Thursday that it's prepared for a possible recount in the Florida governor's race that he conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday night.

Update: Marco Rubio's steamed about how Broward and Palm Beach counties are handling their responsibilities.

At the time, both counties used punch card ballots - voters poked out chads, leaving tiny holes in their ballots representing their candidates.

A usually routine post-election step also drawing heightened attention began Thursday evening, when county canvassing boards began going over provisional ballots that could be added to the vote totals. "43 hours after polls closed, 2 Democrat strongholds #BrowardCounty [and] #PalmBeachCounty are still counting & refusing to disclose how many ballots they have left to count", Rubio said in a November 8 tweet.

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