DeSantis wins Florida governor’s race; Gillum concedes

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Democrat Andrew Gillum's campaign said Thursday that it's prepared for a possible recount in the Florida governor's race that he conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday night. These are ballots where voters filled in too many blanks, or not enough names, or caused some other flaw, such as stray marks.

The Republican Party had no immediate response to the developments, but Mr. Scott's campaign said bluntly that Mr. Elias was launching an effort to steal the election. He has benefited from the support of President Trump, who has held multiple rallies to back his campaign, and current governor Rick Scott.

If the vote margin remains under the half percentage point for any of the three races in question, Secretary of State Ken Detzner is required to order the recount.

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. He suggested something was awry because vote-counters were taking longer there than in other jurisdictions, and his thin lead has kept narrowing since election night.

However, as of Friday, the FDLE said they are not investigating Snipes and have not received any allegations of voter fraud, nor did Scott make an official request for an investigation in writing.

Thousands of provisional ballots cast by voters without identification - or who showed up at the wrong polling location - still need to be counted. We'll let the lawyers do what they got to do.

In the Senate race, under votes are ballots in which optical-scanning machines counted a vote for a down-ballot race such as governor or attorney general but not for senator. The Scott campaign was swift in attacking Nelson. This is only 0.18 points, and well within the 0.25-point margin that triggers a hand recount.

Mr Scott is now leading by a mere 17,000 votes. Governing is about getting things done on behalf of the people of Florida, keeping our economy going, improving our water quality and environment, promoting public safety and expanding educational opportunities. A spokeswoman for the agency said there was no active investigation.

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"We've all seen the incompetence and irregularities of vote tabulations in Palm Beach and Broward County for years". "Maybe next, he'll start ranting that Russians stole the election from him".

The Sarasota County Canvassing Board began met Thursday at 5 go over 432 provisional ballots that were flagged for some reason, such as a signature mismatch or the voter not having proper identification.

About an hour later, a group of about 30 sign-holding Republican protesters gathered outside the office singing "The Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America".

"If you look at Broward and Palm Beach (counties) to a lesser extent. they have had a frightful history", Trump told reporters at the White House before departing for Paris. But DeSantis' victory margin has since dropped to.52 percentage points - a mere two-hundredths of a point shy of the recount threshold.

The statement provided no information on the size or location of these "uncounted ballots", but they echoed claims made Thursday morning in a conference call the Nelson campaign arranged with Marc Elias, an election lawyer with the powerhouse Democratic firm of Perkins Coie.

Broward Democrats opened a storefront office in Fort Lauderdale to find provisional voters, but the 56-page list provided by Snipes' office lacked such information as the voters' addresses or phone numbers.

But Palm Beach was also the home to the infamous "butterfly ballot" that many Democrats believe cost Gore the election.

If it's November in the Sunshine State, it must be time for a recount ... or two. The melee became known as "The Brooks Brothers Riot".