Florida braces for election recounts, starting with senate race

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"Our campaign, along with our attorney Barry Richard, is monitoring the situation closely and is ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount".

But now that the margin between them has narrowed to almost 22,000 votes as of Thursday, Florida State Law mandates a statewide recount. In the meantime, a few remaining county elections supervisors are feverishly reviewing any vote-by-mail ballots they have not yet counted. If the machine recount shows a margin of 0.25 percent or less, the ballots will be manually recounted. The U.S. Senate race between Bill Nelson and Rick Scott is nearly certainly headed to a manual recount. Concession speech or no, Florida law requires an automatic machine recount in any race where the margin of victory is within one half of one percentage point.

Nikki Fried, the Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner, was also likely headed to a hand recount with Republican Matt Caldwell, who she trailed by 0.06 points, a little more than 4,000 votes.

Legal wrangling began in earnest in Florida on Thursday as top political campaigns girded for the possibility of lengthy and expensive vote recounts, especially in a Senate race that remains too close to call. Both are lawyering up and demanding voter information from county election officials as a major recount battle gets underway in Florida.

More than 8.2 million ballots were cast in Florida's election, according to the state Division of Elections web site.

In Arizona, another tight senate race has yet to conclude - and the state's Republican party is now suing over how some counties handle mail-in ballots, U.S. media report. That means as many as 50,000 votes have yet to be counted. But so far, they have only tabulated 665,688 ballots in the Senate race.

Thursday, Nov. 15: If a machine recount is ordered, the second round of unofficial returns is due from the counties at 3 p.m.

Floridians have until 5 p.m. today to make sure any "provisional vote" they might have signed (due to mismatching signatures or IDs) is counted.

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And the Democrats also are "ticked off" that Robert Mueller hasn't issued a special counsel report that would nail Trump. Now she has a shot at regaining that title - though some in her own party say they're ready for a new leader.

November 16 - Overseas and military mail-in ballots are counted. The deadline to cure provisional ballots is 5pm Thursday, but campaign officials expect that to be extended by a few days.

Ingoglia was particularly harsh about the lack of information coming from Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Elias, who had worked on successful Democratic recounts for former senators Harry Reid and Al Franken, said, "I couldn't tell you if Sen".

The Republican Party had no immediate response to the developments, but Mr. Scott's campaign said bluntly that Mr. Elias was launching an effort to steal the election.

Election officials in other Florida counties may have disclosed the identities of which voters cast provisional ballots, however.

"We're doing this not just because it's automatic, but we're doing it to win", Elias said in a statement to the Times.

Elias said historically, recounts tend to pick up more Democratic votes, even in GOP-dominated counties, though he added even Miami-Dade has a history of rejecting more mail-in ballots from African American and Hispanic voters than whites. "The Florida election map is changing under Trump".

Rick Scott, who has said the results in his U.S. Senate race was made final when he declared victory on Tuesday, said in a statement on Thursday that it's "sad and embarrassing that Bill Nelson would resort to these low tactics after the voters have clearly spoken".

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