Republican Gov. Rick Scott accused the elections supervisors in Broward and Palm Beach counties of "rampant fraud" and announced Thursday his campaign has sued them over how they've handled counting votes since the election, as new ballots continuing to pour in have narrowed his lead over incumbent Democratic Sen. Such a recount would involve running ballots through tabulating machines to determine the accuracy of the vote totals, according to state law. Bill Nelson will likely not change the results but that Scott should still speak out on the matter so the Democrats can not control the narrative. Dana Young, R-Tampa, trailed Democratic challenger Janet Cruz on Wednesday morning by a margin of 50.07 percent to 49.93 percent, the state Division of Elections website showed. It alleges Snipes' office has withheld public records showing how many ballots have been counted and how many remain to be counted.
But the recount is automatic unless Nelson agrees to forgo it. Counties have until Saturday to turn in their first set of unofficial returns.
In a statement Thursday, Gillum's campaign says it underestimated the ballots that still needed to be counted when he conceded.
The likely recount is reminiscent of the dramatic recounts that occurred in parts of Florida after the 2000 election. "We believe that at the end of this process that Senator Nelson is going to be declared the victor and is going to return to the United States Senate".
Florida was the scene of a monumental recount battle in 2000 that pitted scores of lawyers against each other in the presidential race.
"Rick Scott will be the next U.S. Senator from the state of Florida".
With the recount odds growing every minute, Scott blamed Florida election officials in two Democratic-leaning counties for tampering with the vote by counting indiscernible ballots in favor of Democrats, and other transgressions.
Her office, rather than giving hourly updates, is "releasing thousands of additional votes, often in the overnight hours, that are chipping away at GOP leads", Rubio said.
As of noon on Thursday, in the Governor's race, Republican Ron DeSantis had 49.62 percent of the vote compared to Andrew Gillum's 49.15 percent. Rubio said Snipes' failure to count all ballots in a more timely manner violates state law. A hand recount, a more thorough process than a machine recount, would happen if the race was within 0.25 points.
"I will not stand idly by as unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of Florida", Scott said.
Scott's campaign has dismissed the possibility that Scott, who won his two previous elections for governor by 1 percentage point, could lose his lead.
But Elias said showing identification increases the chances that the ballots will be counted.
Ballots from overseas military personnel and their spouses could be another factor in the race.
Scott's campaign responded by accusing Nelson of trying to "steal" the election. "And that means the candidates need to step up and be able to talk to the voters, make them believe in something and believe in the message, and that's what's going to carry over on Election Day".
Scott's campaign manager Jackie Schutz Zeckman shot back: "They aim to disenfranchise law abiding Florida voters by producing ballots out of thin air until they have enough to win". "The ones that are accepted will all be opened and we'll tabulate those tonight to add to the count".