Palm Beach supervisor of elections skipped deadline, Scott's campaign says

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As of Friday morning, DeSantis led Gillum by 0.44 percentage point.

Bucher served as an aide to Democratic Florida state Rep. Ed Healey.

Several races, including the Senate and gubernatorial contests, are approaching the 0.5-percentage-point margin that would trigger an automatic recount. Bill Nelson received 18,036 votes to Scott's 18,026. So far, new ballots pouring in have narrowed Scott's lead over incumbent Democratic Sen.

The announcement comes just one day after Florida Gov. Rick Scott - the Republican candidate for US Senate in the state - requested the state law enforcement agency investigate possible fraudulent activity in Broward and Palm Beach counties as his race against Democratic Sen. The Palm Beach County suit alleges Republican Party representatives weren't allowed "to properly witness" processing of damaged absentee ballots. Some counties are still counting votes, including the Democratic stronghold of Broward.

The president's comments followed the news of Mr Scott's lawsuit against Ms Snipes and another Democrat, Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher.

Elias said Scott's words are revealing.

Nelson said Scott was abusing his office by trying to stop a complete and accurate counting of all the votes. Shortly after, President Donald Trump tweeted that law enforcement was looking into another big corruption scandal, claiming "Florida voted for Rick Scott!".

Florida Governor Rick Scott addresses the Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual convention at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 8, 2018.

In a fiery press conference outside the Governor's Mansion, Scott blamed "unethical liberals" for swinging the election results in their favor and said he was asking FDLE to investigate the two elections officials. A recount would be automatically triggered if the candidates are within 0.5 points of each other and the machine recount would need to be completed by 3 p.m. on November 15. On Thursday, Gillum's campaign indicated it was "ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount".

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"On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count".

Broward County officials were simply taking deliberative steps to count all ballots, including absentee and provisional ones, he said.

In speaking with Florida Politics, Murphy laid out how he discovered his vote would not be counted.

DeSantis declined to discuss prospects for a recount, telling reporters he was "very proud to be elected".

Judge Robert Hinkle, who is overseeing the case, said in scheduling hearing Friday that he doesn't plan on rushing to make a ruling before noon Saturday.

In what he claimed is a clear violation of state law, the Democratic supervisors in those counties last updated their figures at 10:19 a.m. Friday in Palm Beach County and Thursday night in Broward.

He said that local election supervisor Brenda Snipes, a Democrat, has a "horrible history" and is "finding votes out of nowhere". Easy stuff Lou, like how many ballots were cast? "Nelson will prevail in a recount", Marc Elias, a lawyer for Nelson, told reporters on Friday.

In July, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper reported that in a lawsuit charging Snipes had illegally destroyed ballots, she "acknowledged the processes her office [has] been using aren't flawless and that some noncitizens and felons have voted despite not being eligible-especially right before major elections, when groups are actively registering new voters". "We believe that at the end of this process that Senator Nelson is going to be declared the victor". "And then the State will conduct an orderly recount".

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