Trump hints at potential federal role in Florida recount

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The two top races in the state, for governor and senator, seem likely to go to recounts, with less than.5 percent separating the Republican and Democratic candidates, which automatically triggers a new machine count under Florida law. Indeed, the Nelson-Scott race is so tight that it could trigger a recount by hand, according to Democratic election lawyer Marc Elias.

The statement said state law requires a recount when the margin between candidates is less than a one-half percentage point. Canvassing boards conduct the recount by running ballots through vote tabulation machines.

An automatic recount also appeared certain in a high-profile state Senate race in Hillsborough County.

In the House, the Democrats won two seats back from the Republicans with their candidates Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Donna Shalala.

Richard, a Tallahassee lawyer, had represented George W. Bush during Florida's 2000 presidential recount, which spanned 36 days and resulted in Bush capturing Florida and with it, the White House, by 537 votes out of nearly 6 million cast.

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

County election officials have until noon on November 10 to report unofficial results to the state.

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Rick Scott declared victory Tuesday night over Sen.

On Wednesday and Thursday mornings, Fried put out calls for donations to her "emergency recount fund" to ensure a holistic recount of votes.

"We are proceeding to a recount", Nelson said Wednesday morning.

The gubernatorial race is arguably a bigger deal.

"It has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", his campaign said in a statement, noting they are ready for a state-mandated recount.

Scott cited no evidence of wrongdoing, and the counties have until noon Saturday to report their unofficial vote count.

The race for Florida governor appears headed for a recount, as Democrat Andrew Gillum continues to gain on Republican Ron DeSantis during the tallying of the final uncounted ballots cast in the midterm elections.

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The video Rubio shared came after more than 100 provisional ballots were rejected in Miami-Dade County earlier in the day after election officials said that those people showed up to vote a second time in the same election.

"And they're really actually way too nasty", he said.

The lawsuit, brought by Nelson's campaign and the Democratic Executive Committee of Florida, asks for all votes cast using vote-by-mail or those "determined to involve a signature mismatch, be counted as valid votes". The Scott campaign was swift in attacking Nelson.

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.

"I'm cynical", said Matt Schlapp, president of the American Conservative Union. As of Thursday night, "Gillum trailed DeSantis by about 36,000 votes, or 0.44 percentage points", according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio released a thread of tweets Thursday, saying there shouldn't still be issues with counting votes in South Florida if the portion of the state that was affected by the hurricane managed to have its votes counted in time.

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.

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Provisional ballots and overseas and military ballots are still being counted. Analysts later said the new redesign may have confused voters and probably cost Gore votes.

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