Andrew Gillum: "I am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromised and unapologetic call that we count every single vote." pic.twitter.com/JqlL025lhL
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 10, 2018
The margin in the Nelson-Scott races is less than .25 percent.
Under Florida law, that means there are mandatory machine and hand recounts.
Republicans are describing this process as “stealing the election.”
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) November 10, 2018
Per the Washington Post:
Three statewide contests in Florida — including the closely watched Senate race — headed for history-making recounts, election officials confirmed Saturday, with the lead by Gov. Rick Scott (R) over Sen. Bill Nelson (D) in the marquee contest shrinking to 12,562 votes out of nearly 8.2 million cast.
The 0.15 percent margin is narrow enough to not only trigger a machine recount, which by law must be completed by Thursday, but is likely to result in a recount by hand across the state — a complicated logistical task in the nation’s biggest battleground state.
The new tally in the governor’s race was not quite as close, but it also met the threshold for a voting machine recount. Numbers posted on the state election website showed Republican Ron DeSantis leading Democrat Andrew Gillum by 33,684 votes…
Under Florida law, a statewide machine recount is conducted when the margin of victory is less than 0.5 percent, and a manual recount is ordered if the margin is less than 0.25 percent. The governor’s race probably will not meet the manual recount standard, if Saturday’s tally holds…
A manual recount is of ballots in which voters skipped a race or voted for two candidates in one race. That pool of ballots will be in the tens of thousands in heavily Democratic Broward County, where nearly 25,000 ballots showed votes for governor but not senator…
Broward County officials need police protection to tally Florida election results https://t.co/HCLWQgb69S
— Steve Bousquet (@stevebousquet) November 9, 2018
Klassy as ever, GOP:
… On Friday, President Donald Trump tweeted that he was sending attorneys to South Florida — even though nationally prominent election attorneys representing both parties are already in Florida monitoring the process. He also claimed to know that Snipes had planned to steal his 2016 victory in Florida from him…
U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Panhandle congressman serving on the (perhaps prematurely constituted) DeSantis transition team, made an appearance in Lauderhill to call for the Florida secretary of state to enact a state of receivership over Broward County. He accused the office of making up votes to help Democrats win and repeatedly called Snipes corrupt and incompetent…
Fla Department of State say election monitors sent b/c Broward violated state and federal law in May have so far found no fraud. Same finding from Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Also confirm there is no work product/report produced by monitors.
— Matt Dixon (@Mdixon55) November 10, 2018
… Despite his own administration and state law enforcement saying there is no evidence of voter fraud, Scott held an event organized by his Senate campaign Thursday night to ask the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate Broward County and Palm Beach County, which are playing a big role in a recount involving his race against Nelson.
Those counties have drawn the ire of many Republicans, who have cried fraud because vote counts have increased by tens-of-thousands after Election Day. Because those are Democratic-leaning counties, the new votes have benefited Democratic candidates, narrowing leads held by Scott in the Senate race and Republican Ron DeSantis in the governor’s race. Some have suggested fraud might have caused the vote tallies to grow, but state law allows local election officials to count votes until noon on Saturday. A recount is set to begin Saturday.
The unprecedented Scott request amounts to a sitting governor asking state law enforcement to investigate local election officials involved in counting ballots for a race in which he is a candidate…
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) November 10, 2018
Former Congressman chimes in:
Hey @MarcACaputo, just saw notice from @PBCounty that my absentee ballot wasn’t counted due to ‘invalid signature’ match. Should be +1 @NelsonForSenate @AndrewGillum. Must overhaul these ridiculous barriers to voting #FloridaRecount #FLSen #FLGov
— Patrick Murphy (@PatrickMurphyFL) November 9, 2018
Heads up, Florida. https://t.co/j4ZeDxrYbh
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) November 9, 2018
Another crappy reboot we didn’t need. You’d think a “professional” like Stone would’ve figured out by now that the internet (and hopefully the electorate) have gotten consideraly more sophisticated about ratfvcking over the last eighteen years!
A loose coalition of fringe right-wing personalities, local political activists, and associates of Roger Stone are in Broward County to protest recounts in the senate race https://t.co/MZKhZH2RF3
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) November 10, 2018
Repubs: They are what they say they are…
weird thing to confess to but okay https://t.co/tsAbAKLVcG
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) November 10, 2018