Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Two Florida races are going to recounts

Two Florida races are going to recounts

It appears Florida's senate contest as well as the gubernatorial race between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum may be headed to a recount with DeSantis's victory margin slipping below half a percent as votes from Democratic-leaning Broward and Palm Beach counties continue to flow in.

"It has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", Gillum's campaign said in a statement. "Our campaign, along with our attorney Barry Richard, is monitoring the situation closely and is ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount".

The official notice for a recount in either race would come from Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, a Scott appointee.

Those in charge of re-counting votes, the county canvassing boards, are comprised of the county supervisor of elections, a circuit court judge and the chair of the county commission. Rick Scott in his re-election bid by 0.22 percentage points, or 17,344 votes out of more than 8.1 million counted so far.

Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott leads Sen. But DeSantis' victory margin has since dropped to.52 percentage points - a mere two-hundredths of a point shy of the recount threshold.

In the meantime, Democratic Agricultural Commissioner candidate Nikki Fried has pulled ahead of seeming victor Matt Caldwell by just 582 votes. Fried now leads by just 575 votes as of Thursday afternoon, meaning this race will likely require a recount as well.


But all eyes were on Broward County, which according to information published by the Florida Division of Elections has yet to report all its early voting and absentee voting totals.

It continued, "Mayor Gillum started his campaign for the people, and we are committed to ensuring every single vote in Florida is counted".

According to the Broward County Supervisor of Elections website, 695,799 ballots were cast.

Even the Fried-Caldwell race might not be close enough for a recount to matter. Both of them will end up leaving egg on Gillum's face in the end, and making not one whit of meaningful difference in the eventual ballot count.

Thursday, Nov. 15: If a machine recount is ordered, the second round of unofficial returns is due from the counties at 3 p.m. 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.

"We are requesting the total number of provisional ballots in Pasco County, and the voter information for these ballots", Grace Albergo, regional political director for Scott's campaign, wrote in an email published by The Tampa Bay Times.


There is zero chance that a recount will reverse a gap in the ranges of either the senate or gubernatorial races.

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

Election officials in other Florida counties may have disclosed the identities of which voters cast provisional ballots, however.

Elias, who had worked on successful Democratic recounts for former senators Harry Reid and Al Franken, said, "I couldn't tell you if Sen".

"Let's be clear: When Elias says 'win, ' he means 'steal, ' " Scott's campaign said.

When additional ballots began narrowing DeSantis' margin of victory on November 7, Gillum tweeted: "I'm looking forward to seeing every vote counted".


If Ms Abrams tightens the margin and neither candidate gets 50% of the vote, Georgia law will require a runoff election in December.

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