Governor's race in machine recount; Senate's, Ag Commissioner's in hand recount

A sign directs voters to a new polling location where Hurricane Michael destroyed many schools and other buildings used as polling stations in the area in Lynn Haven Florida U.S

In the meantime, a few remaining county elections supervisors are feverishly reviewing any vote-by-mail ballots they have not yet counted.

"We do not have an active investigation", Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said.

"As soon as Democrats sent their best Election stealing lawyer, Marc Elias, to Broward County they miraculously started finding Democrat votes", he said on Twitter.

As we go to press, Kemp, the secretary of state, with nearly all the precincts reported, has 50.5 percent and Abrams has 48.6 percent of the tally. Every person in Florida knows exactly what is happening. In addition, they offered no explanation for why the alleged problems and continuing vote counts appear to be occurring only in precincts that traditionally skew in favor of Democrats.

Rick Scott flipped one of Florida's two Senate seats for the GOP.

In the lawsuit, Scott and the NRSC allege that Snipes is "unwilling to disclose records revealing how many electors voted, how many ballots have been canvassed, and how many ballots remain to be canvassed".

A spokesperson for Snipes told the Tampa Bay Times that Scott's action was a desperate move.

Florida House of Representatives Speaker-designate Jose R. Olivia supported Scott's direction.

The Broward County Canvassing Board was to meet in the early afternoon, and about 30 Republican protesters had gathered outside by midday.

7News heard information about a large number of ballots found at a local post office that were not mailed in.

Broward voters could prove instrumental in the outcome of the hotly contested U.S. Senate race pitting Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson against Florida Gov. Rick Scott, as the Republican candidate's wafer-thin lead narrows.

As the Democrat-heavy counties have counted new votes since Tuesday's election, Scott's margin has gotten smaller, now with just 15,000 votes over Nelson.

Florida law mandates that races where unofficial results show a margin of 0.5 percent or less will be subject to a machine recount, ordered by Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner. While that margin, if it holds, would require a recount, DeSantis has mostly stayed out of the fray, saying he was working on plans for taking office in January. With a percentage point difference of.47, a machine recount is mandated if the numbers hold.

Broward, Florida's second-largest county, is a Democratic stronghold, and the tally favored Democrats by a margin of two-to-one. Both are heavily Democratic.

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All eyes are on Broward County while a recount of votes for the Florida Senate race remains a possibility.

At the time, both counties used punch card ballots - voters poked out chads, leaving tiny holes in their ballots representing their candidates. This means officials will have to go through ballots that were entered as 'errors'. By Thursday evening, that number jumped to 712,840.

The county is making some progress.

Those ballots will be fed into the voting machine Thursday night.

Scott declared victory late Tuesday and Nelson's campaign expressed disappointment with the results as returns showed the governor holding a more substantial edge.

"For Bill Nelson - the task is getting the "win" ... no matter what", a statement from Mr. Scott's camp read.

Even if Nelson had conceded, state law would have required the recount anyway.

"I am considering every single legal option available", said Scott, while appearing before the media outside the governor's mansion last night. On Oct. 31, President Donald Trump visited Florida to campaign for Scott and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) who was running for governor.

The Florida Division of Elections website shows that Nikki Fried has almost 600 more votes than Matt Caldwell as of Thursday afternoon.

While the two men differ on issues such as gun control and health care, the election has been more about character, competence, and their relationships with Trump.

As of 9 a.m., DeSantis' lead was just 42,948 votes out of 8,189,305 ballots cast - equal to 0.52 percent of the vote.

Voters with issues are supposed to cast provisional ballots, and then, if necessary, provide any additional evidence that their ballots should be accepted.

He said provisional and mail-in ballots initially rejected because officials didn't believe signatures matched those on file, historically tend to break for Democrats. His campaign has been concerned about "undervoting" in the county, because thousands of people voted in the governor's race but not the Senate race.

Absentee ballots from overseas voters that were postmarked by Election Day and are still trickling in also will be added to the unofficial results, Turner said, along with write-in votes on ballots.

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