Scott-Nelson Senate Race Could Require Recount

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With a razor-thin margin in the race for Florida's U.S. Senate, the two sides are throwing jabs at each other over separate lawsuits. He conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday night, though the margin of the race has since tightened. DeSantis led Gillum by 0.47 percentage point as of Thursday afternoon.

Nelson's campaign asserted that Scott was overstepping his bounds.

But 36 hours later - with Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis leading by just 43,000 votes (0.6 percentage points) - Gillum's campaign said he was open to a recount.

Election Day was on Tuesday, but for races in a number of states, it's not over yet.

Scott is backed by support from the president, the GOP and Florida's current Republican Sen.

The Rick Scott for Senate campaign Friday night said it has received documents requested from the office of Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes.

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While the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said there had been no allegations of fraud, Scott asked - but did not order - the agency to investigate the counties' elections departments.

Two Democratic candidates, Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia, were aiming to become the states' first African-American governors, but the races were tilting in favour of their Republican rivals. She was researching the subject Thursday.

According to the Miami Herald, if the margin of victory in a Florida race is 0.5 percent or less, a electronic recount of ballots must be carried out (unless the loser refuses). The race remained too close to call with at least 400,000 ballots still uncounted.

The AP has not called a victor in the Senate race.

Scott described the vote count coming out of Broward as "left-wing activists ... coming up with more ballots out of nowhere". Furthermore, in the last days of the campaign the polls seemed to move show a gorwing Nelson lead, suggesting that this race would move in the direction of those "fundamental" election factors.

Mr Gillum's campaign said it was prepared for any outcome, including a recount.

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"It's a great honor", he said.

Florida was mocked for its handling of the infamous 2000 recount. That has changed, with the Legislature passing a clear procedure on how a recount should be conducted. "There's not a lot of room for strategy", Richard said. For the record most times election results are not overturned - but this is Florida.

"I believe Sen. Nelson will prevail", Elias said.

On Friday, Nelson lawyer Marc Elias shot back at Scott on a conference call with reporters, saying "Just look at the behavior of your governor". "Nelson will be the victor of this election at the end of this process and we must see it through to the end". Scott accused Nelson of bringing in an attorney to "try to steal the election and try to thwart the will of the voters of Florida".

He said Broward County election officials "have a history of violating the law". "It is sad and embarrassing that Bill Nelson would resort to these low tactics after the voters have clearly spoken".

A public office is a public trust - I won't stand for anyone using his position to undermine our democratic process, and neither should the people of Florida.

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Rick Scott, the Republican candidate for Senate who now leads Democratic opponent Sen. The initial vote count won't be finalized until Saturday at noon.

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