Accusations of fraud as Florida Senate race between Rick Scott and Bill Nelson appears headed to a recount; reaction and analysis on 'The Five'. He also neglected to mention that the election supervisor who is supposedly trying to rig the election for Nelson was appointed by former Republican governor (and Rubio ally) Jeb Bush.
Scott now leads Nelson by only 15,000 votes, well under the threshold for an automatic recount to be triggered under state law. "I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of Florida".
President Donald Trump weighed in on the controversy on November 9.
"I am asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate this election immediately", Scott tweeted. Scott's thin lead over Nelson has narrowed in the vote-counting in the days since he declared victory on Tuesday night.
Scott called a news conference Thursday night to announce that his campaign had filed lawsuits against elections supervisors in Palm Beach and Broward and that he had asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate.
Mohammed Jazil, who is representing Secretary Ken Detzner, said in a hearing Friday that by changing the noon deadline, it would cause problems with the counties that have already submitted their unofficial returns.
Florida law requires a recount if those results are within.5 percent or less of each other.
The Scott campaign was critical of Nelson for bringing in an outside attorney to push for a recount.
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Broward County is at the center of the controversy in part because almost 25,000 more votes were cast for governor than for the Senate, a discrepancy larger than the current margin between Nelson and Scott. Specifically, many voters in Broward County reported having had difficulty finding the Senate race on the ballot, as it was tucked beneath a long block of voting instructions on the ballot's left-hand column. Easy stuff Lou, like how many ballots were cast? Snipes claimed that this was because of the high volume of mail-in ballots which arrived before the deadline on Tuesday. Not only that, but Snipes is making no attempt to even give the appearance that the ballot tabulating process is above board.
An enterprising reporter from Local 10 News managed to catch Snipes, who has been the elections supervisor since 2003, as she exited the restroom.
President Donald Trump has lambasted Florida's election recount process, calling it an attempt by Democrats to win a US Senate seat with fake votes. Democrats were seeking to intervene "to protect those votes and ensure a fair count", according to a tweet by Democratic lawyer Marc Elias. "Don't worry, Florida - I am sending much better lawyers to expose the FRAUD!"
In Florida, both the senate and governor's races remain undecided, and could potentially be heading for a recount. Trump tweeted. "Let's blame the Russians and demand an immediate apology from President Putin!"
Information provided by The News Service of Florida.
"All of the sudden they are finding votes out of nowhere", he charged.
"Every Floridian should be concerned there may be rampant fraud happening in Palm Beach and Broward Counties". When I'm done here, we're going to go get motions for contempt prepared and we're going to be back in front of a judge to hold Brenda Snipes in contempt of court for not following court orders and not following the Florida constitution.