Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Gillum now says recount possible in Florida's governor race

Gillum now says recount possible in Florida's governor race

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.

According to the Miami Herald, if the margin of victory in a Florida race is 0.5 percent or less, a electronic recount of ballots must be carried out (unless the loser refuses). Rick Scott by 17,344 votes statewide, a difference that is within the 0.25 percentage-point difference needed to trigger a hand recount.

If, after the recount, the vote margin is.25 percent or less, then a manual recount is conducted statewide.

"On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count", Gillum's spokeswoman Johanna Cervone said in a statement.

Gillum's campaign said Thursday that he is "ready for any outcome", including a recount.

And the recounts now have echoes of 2000: Gillum's campaign has hired Barry Richard to represent them during the recount.

Florida coming down to a recount gives political watchers déjà vu, given the impact the state's recount played on the 2000 presidential election that saw President George W. Bush elected after winning Florida by 537 votes.

Scott's lawsuit against the Palm Beach County supervisor, filed in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court, in part, alleges that his campaign representative was not allowed to witness the process by which elections staff create true duplicates of any ballots that may have been damaged.

Another veteran of the 2000 legal battles, Mitchell Berger, a long-time Democratic donor and friend of Al Gore, joined the Florida Democratic Party's legal team.

Gillum is now trailing DeSantis 49.65 percent to 49.13 percent, a margin of.52 percent, according to the Florida Division of Elections website. Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who was appointed by Scott, will review the results and decide whether to order recounts.

Nelson's campaign released a statement saying Scott's action appears to be politically motivated and borne of desperation. "Mayor Gillum started his campaign for the people, and we are committed to ensuring every single vote in Florida is counted".

Palm Beach County officials, however, had yet to counted mail-in or provisional ballots, according to the Florida Division of Elections website. "They have to be transparent and tell us what they are counting and how many they are counting", he said.

"I believe Sen. Nelson will prevail", Elias said. They had counted more than 695,700 ballots counted by early Thursday morning.

Gillum encouraged voters Thursday to follow up and make sure their ballots were counted, as votes were still being tallied.

County election officials have until noon on November 10 to report unofficial results to the state. "We'll never know all that they did". "Clearly, Rick Scott is trying to stop all the votes from being counted and he's impeding the democratic process".

While that might appear to augur well for Nelson's chances, there's no guarantee how many, if any, of those ballots will actually turn into votes, even if the voters who cast them meant to vote for Nelson, said Ned Foley an Ohio State law professor and author of "Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States".

In the lawsuit, Scott claims without evidence that Snipes is withholding records regarding how many people voted, how many ballots have been counted and how many more votes remain untallied in Broward County. "I think it's fair to say right now the results of the 2018 Senate election are unknown, and [media] and elections officials should treat it as such".

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