Florida is again at the center of an election controversy

Courtesy CBS News

Courtesy CBS News

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.

Under Florida state law, a candidate running for office can declare victory if the margin of votes is greater than 0.5 percent of the total vote.

A third state-wide race that could go to a recount - the agriculture commissioner race between Democrat Nikki Fried and Republican Matt Caldwell - is the tightest of all, with Fried holding a 483-vote lead - a margin of 0.006 percent.

In the Senate race, Scott clung to a 21,986-vote lead, or a difference of 0.27 percentage points.

Gillum conceded on election night, but as the vote margin began to narrow, he said he wanted to see every vote counted, strongly indicating he would not stand in the way of a recount. "Since that time, it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported".

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. Broward is a Democratic party stronghold. The two-term governor's victory margin dropped from.27 percent on Wednesday to just 0.22 of 1 percent by Thursday afternoon, according to unofficial returns. "Come on", said a Republican official in Florida.

DeSantis said one area where he might unite Floridians will be behind an effort to address the problems of toxic algae and red tide and on moving forward with plans to restore the Florida Everglades.

The looming recounts have already led to unfounded charges of elections theft, a reneged concession speech - and an audacious campaign request by the outgoing governor for a public corruption investigation into the counting of ballots that could determine whether he wins his own campaign for US Senate.

"Every Floridian should be concerned there is rampant fraud in Broward and Palm Beach Counties", Scott said.

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Nelson's campaign released a statement saying Scott's action appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation.

More than 48 hours after the country concluded the midterm elections, it's still unknown who will be Florida's next United States senator, governor and agriculture commissioner, or how long it will be before those pronouncements can be made.

Richard represented former President George W. Bush in the 2000 Florida recount.

According to the Broward County Supervisor of Elections website, 695,799 ballots were cast. We'll let the lawyers do what they got to do.

"At this point, I'm not prepared to say Sen".

The competitive race - widely viewed as a proxy war between the progressive left and the far-right - attracted intense national scrutiny, with Democrats hopeful for a win amid a surge in voter turnout. "But I firmly believe that at the end of this process, Nelson will prevail".

Thousands of provisional ballots cast by voters without identification - or who showed up at the wrong polling location - still need to be counted. In the Senate race, Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, is ahead of incumbent Sen. At the same time, Snipes was at the voting equipment center in Lauderhill with the canvassing board reviewing questionable ballots.

"The results of the 2018 Senate election are unknown and I think that you and the elections officials should treat it as such", Elias told reporters on a conference call.

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