Florida Recounts for Senate, Governor Likely Beginning of a Long Battle
Florida Recounts for Senate, Governor Likely Beginning of a Long Battle by Michael Patrick Leahy – Breitbart
The projected election night victories of the Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate and Governor in Florida are headed to recounts, and it looks to be a protracted, nasty battle that will once again center on vote count problems in the heavily Democratic Broward County.
The recount of the Florida results in the 2000 presidential election was dominated by voting irregularities and “hanging chads” in Broward County. The Florida recount ended after a Supreme Court ruling. Subsequent to that ruling, the Republican candidate, George W. Bush was declared the victor in Florida and awarded the state’s electoral college votes, which meant that he, and not the Democrat candidate, Al Gore, became the 43rd President of the United States.
As the vote count stands as of Thursday at 7:30 p.m. eastern, Florida Gov. Rick Scott leads Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) in the race for the U.S. Senate by a margin of 0.19 percent, 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent. Scott has 4,094,577 votes to Nelson’s 4,079,501 votes out of 8,174,074 votes cast with 100 percent of precincts reporting, giving Scott a lead of 15,076 votes, according to Politico’s vote count.
In the gubernatorial race, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) leads Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum by a margin of 0.42 percent, 49.6 percent to 49.2 percent. DeSantis has 4,072,579 votes to Gillum’s 4,036,349 votes out of 8,209,311 votes cast with 100 percent of precincts reporting, giving DeSantis a lead of 36,230 votes, according to Politico’s vote count.
Late Thursday, Breitbart News reported that race is also headed to a recount.
An automatic recount is required by law when the differential between two candidates is less than one half of one percent.
A manual recount is required by law when that differential is less than one-quarter of one percent (0.25 percent).
The Miami Herald reported on the latest developments Thursday afternoon:
Nelson’s campaign believes the final vote total will continue to move in their favor and his election lawyer, Marc Elias, declared on a conference call Thursday morning that the senator will be victorious and by the end of the month, he’ll be preparing for a fourth term in Washington.
“At the end of this process Sen. Nelson is going to prevail,” Elias said. “I am very measured in how I treat what I say. When I say it is currently a jump ball … I mean that.”
Elias is “the attorney who infamously retained Fusion GPS to produce the largely discredited anti-Trump dossier on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, [who] has been retained to represent Sen. Bill Nelson’s recount efforts in Florida,” Breitbart News reported Thursday afternoon.
David Martosko of the Daily Mail tweeted about Elias’s background on Thursday: