TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Looming talks in the best Florida races, including the bitterly fought competitions for the Senate and Governor, broke out late on Thursday to a burning feud like Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican candidate for the Senate who claimed victory on Tuesday, sued local elections officials in two of the state’s largest counties and accused them of “shameful fraud.”
Standing on the steps of the governor’s mansion, Scott announced Thursday that his senate campaign had sued the democratic election observers of Broward and Palm Beach Counties. He then asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which he helps to monitor as governor, to investigate them.
“We’ve all seen incompetence and irregularities in voice tables in Broward and Palm Beach for years,” he added. “But now it’s starting again. I will not be idiotically, while unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people in Florida. “
The trials escalated tensions in the nasty and historically close political struggle that has swallowed up the leaders of the nation’s largest presidential campaign in the 48 hours since the polls were closed on Tuesday. The reason threatens to extend over weeks telling stories take place and inevitably more legal challenges will end up in court.
Mr. Scott celebrated his apparent victory on Tuesday against Senator Bill Nelson, the Democratic Commander. But the voice gap between them has only declined since, since the state’s largest counties have continued to vote on polls sent or temporarily made on the election day.
Mr. Scott questioned why Broward County in particular continued to increase its voting rate in total over two days, suggesting that the origin of the voices that had arisen was suspected. The local counselor has said that posts and preliminary voting were counted as soon as possible.
The gapet has also closed in the governor’s race, which now also tells about territory. Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, acknowledged Ron DeSantis, a Republican, late Tuesday night, just before the Associated Press called the race for Mr. DeSantis. But Mr. DeSanti’s victory margin has then decreased to 0.44 percentage points – six hundredth of a point below the recount threshold. DeSantis leads with more than 36,000 votes.
Florida’s 67 counties have Saturday on Saturday to submit their unofficial voices to the state’s constituency. Four more races – for the State Farm Commissioner, a State Senate seat and two state-owned seats – are also likely to be led for stories. The management of the Agriculture Commissioner went on Thursday afternoon: Nikki Fried, a Democrat, moved forward by Matt Caldwell, a Republican, with 2,884 votes.
However, the highest profile opportunity for reconstruction so far is in the United States Senate Competition. From Thursday evening, 15 127 votes to Scott and Nelson, a difference of 0.18 percentage points. According to Florida, a margin less than 0.5 points makes a machine bill, and a margin of 0.25 points or less requires a more accurate manual conversion.
“From where I sit it’s a virtual security,” says Marc Elias, Mr. Nelson’s electoral attorney and a veteran of outstanding stories around the country. “I think it is fair to say right now that the results from the 2018 Senate election are unknown.”
Mr. Elias went even further and predicted that unanimous voting would ultimately put Mr Nelson at the top, although that possibility continued to appear unlikely.
“At the end of this process, we think Senator Nelson will be declared the winner,” Mr Elias said.
Mr. Scotts campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, according to court records, asked for emergency arrests to force Brenda C. Snipes, the electoral officer in Broward County, to publicly drop voting rights and to demand Susan Bucher, the electoral officer for Palm Beach County, to allow campaign representatives to witness review of potentially defective polls.
Dr. Snipes, who likes Mrs Bucher, is an elected official, told reporters on Thursday afternoon that she could not tell how many voices were left to count.
“I think we had over 58 percent of our voters voted and each voter received a vote of either five or six pages,” she said when asked why the bill took so long. “It’s the volume that causes this.”
Her performance is especially for Republicans because a court in May ruled that her office had illegally destroyed some votes from a congress in 2016. As a result, the office has been under state supervision. Broward and Palm Beach, the state’s second largest and third largest counties, both lean strongly democratically and have a history of slow voting. Miami-Dade, the state’s largest counties, counted faster than Broward and Palm Beach, partly because the officials worked through the night after the election day.
Mr. The Nelson campaign criticized Mr Scott’s legal action as unnecessary.
“The goal is to see that all voices in Florida count and count exactly,” said a statement spokesman Dan McLaughlin. “Rick Scott’s action seems politically motivated and burned out of desperation.”
The results from Broward so far indicate that nearly 25,000 people voted for governors but not for the senator, although the senate race first came to the vote. 19659002] An enthusiasm for Gillum’s candidacy can be a part of the difference, as he excited many voters who were most controversial about choosing him. But some Democrats believe that the design of the Broward poll used in the county played a role: The Senate competition appeared in the lower left corner of the first page, under the instructions of the voters, where it may have been easily overlooked. 19659002] Mr. Elias said that the difference between the Senator and Governor’s votes in the county was significant, but he refrained from criticizing the voting list, at least for the moment.
When the counties reported their unofficial totals to the state on Saturday, Foreign Minister Ken Detzner, an addict to Scott, will be able to order any of the legally charged accounts.
A national machine bill must be completed at. 15:00 on November 15, Elias said. If that process gives a margin of less than 0.25 percentage points in some federal or state competitions, Mr. Detzner would order manual reporting in these races of what is called deficit and surplus; The stories must be completed by 18 November.
During the late race there are deficit voices where optical scanning machines discovered a vote for another race during the vote, as governor or lawyer, but no election to the Senate. Appeals are polls where scanners discovered that the voter had marked more than one election in the race.
Florida voters filled paper stamps by hand using a pen and no longer threw the stamp card that produced the infamous “hanging chads” in the 2000 presidential election.
Candidates can not request conversion but those with fewer votes in a competition can refuse them.