Riviera Seaside, Florida: Midterm vote tallies submitted by Florida’s 67 counties are shut sufficient to set off necessary machine recounts in three statewide races, Florida officers stated on Saturday, because the contests for Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner got here in too near name.
Some candidates who noticed snug margins diminish since Tuesday, as closely Democratic southern counties continued to course of mailed and drawback ballots, cried fraud and filed lawsuits.
Governor Rick Scott, whose margin within the race for the Senate narrowed to lower than 13,000 votes, denounced the embattled Broward County elections supervisor, Brenda Snipes, who, the marketing campaign stated Friday evening, nonetheless refused to verify whether or not she had counted all of the ballots. Snipes was pressured to confess that she had inadvertently tabulated a couple of dozen rejected ballots, which solely fuelled Republican accusations that her workplace had botched the vote-counting course of.
As of midday Saturday, the deadline for the state’s counties handy in unofficial outcomes, three statewide races remained below the zero.5 share level margin for a legally required machine recount: the Senate race between Scott, a Republican, and Senator Invoice Nelson, a Democrat; the governor’s race between Ron DeSantis, a Republican, and Andrew Gillum, a Democrat; and the commissioner of agriculture race between Nikki Fried, a Democrat, and Matt Caldwell, a Republican.