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Florida Recounts Underway in Contested Senate and Governor Races

HeadlineNov 12, 2018

In Florida, vote recounts in the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races are underway. In the Senate race, Republican Governor Rick Scott’s lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson has shrunk to just 0.15 percent. In Broward County, Florida’s second most populous county, reports of “undervoting” have raised concern, with 25,000 more people apparently voting in the governor’s race than the Senate race. Some say this could be due to confusing ballot design or problems with the vote-counting machines. In the governor’s race, Republican Ron DeSantis is leading Democrat Andrew Gillum by 0.41 percent. Both President Trump and Republican Governor Rick Scott have claimed—with no evidence—that Democrats are carrying out widespread voter fraud. This is Democrat Andrew Gillum, responding to those claims on Sunday from a church in Fort Lauderdale.

Mayor Andrew Gillum: “The governor has filed another lawsuit to try to keep the votes that were counted in Broward County just yesterday from being added to the total tally. These are legal votes. These are legal votes that have been cast, and we are right now in court fighting to have those votes counted.”

Gillum originally conceded his race on election night but has since retracted the concession as his opponent’s lead narrowed. Florida’s recounts are scheduled to be completed by Thursday.

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