Amid tense recount, Florida Republican poses as U.S. senator-elect

Brenda Snipes

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The announcement came after his rival, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, sued to extend a deadline for the recount to be completed across the entire state. And those 25 ballots had not been counted as of today. It is common for elections supervisors to process results well after election night.

In addition, thousands of ballots mailed by overseas military service members and civilians may still be in transit.

The state elections department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, both run by Republican appointees, have said they have seen no evidence of voter fraud. "The truth is that Trump and [Republican Gov. Rick] Scott are lying - nobody's stealing the election". Scott has echoed these fraud allegations, and on Sunday, appeared on Fox News and claimed that Democrats were trying to steal the election.

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes said Tuesday she was considering not running for re-election in 2020 after facing criticism over recounts in the county. And here in the Senate, Democratic candidates did extraordinarily well with a very hard map. Nelson accused Scott of, "using his power as governor to try to undermine the voting process".

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker, citing a well-known "Star Trek" episode, said during a hearing Wednesday that "I feel a little bit like Captain Kirk in the episode with the Tribbles where they start to multiply".

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Outside the yellow office block that houses the Broward County elections department where the votes are being counted, groups of protesters from both parties have been camped out for several days. But that doesn't mean that Florida doesn't have big issues with its voting.

Leads by the Republican candidates in the races for a U.S. Senate seat and the governor's office shrank as more ballots were tallied following last Tuesday's elections. The race for governor between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum was separated by about 33,700 votes, with the Republican also leading there.

If the county can't finish the machine recount, it must submit its original count with an explanation for why it failed to meet the deadline, according to Florida laws governing recounts.

DeSantis' 0.4 percent lead and Scott's 0.2 percent lead may be close enough to trigger an automatic recount, but neither race comes close to the miniscule margin in 2000, when George W. Bush led Vice President Al Gore by 0.03 percent, and was ultimately declared the victor by 537 votes. State law mandates recounts in elections where the margin of victory is within 0.5 percentage point. In the 2004 Washington governor's race, Democrat Christine Gregoire trailed by 261 votes in the initial count, but won by 133 after the recount.

Nelson was just 0.15 percent behind Scott prior to the recount. In the Arizona Senate race, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is ahead of Republican Martha McSally by more than 30,000 votes. Instead, he suggested finding a way for voters whose ballots had been rejected because of signature mismatches to address the problem through their local election officials. "If we win, then I know that it was right", she replies. If reaches.5 percent, it automatically triggers a statewide machine recount.

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The Florida secretary of state's office said it had received reports that election officials in Bay County, a Republican-leaning county home to some 183,500 people that was hard hit by Hurricane Michael, allowed some residents to cast ballots by email and fax. The Republicans have upbraided officials there for tallying ballots slowly and not providing enough transparency about their process.

The Scott campaign had no immediate response to the deadline lawsuit, but called suits filed earlier in the week "frivolous and laughable".

She said she had not spoken with Trump.

"There hasn't been a deadline that we've missed", Snipes said. "You have a 12,000-vote gap and the other candidate refuses to concede", Schlapp said, referring to Scott's opponent, incumbent Democratic Sen. We need to be careful of what we say.

'I recused myself from certifying results on the Elections Canvassing Commission in 2014, and I will do so again this year, ' he tweeted.

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Mr Trump, whose Mar-a-Lago resort is located in West Palm Beach, complained about the Florida races in an early morning post on Twitter.

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