By Fred Lucas
President Donald Trump is scrutinizing the Florida election-recount process, and he isn’t the only one—largely because of Broward County.
On election night, it appeared likely that Rick Scott, the outgoing Florida Republican governor, had defeated Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson for his seat. It appeared even more likely that Republican ex-Rep. Ron DeSantis defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, to be Florida’s next governor.
By Friday morning, both Nelson and Gillum were challenging the outcome.
Also still in question is the outcome of the race for the state agriculture commissioner, with the candidates separated by fewer than 500 votes as of Thursday night.
Automatic recounts are triggered under Florida law when the candidates are separated by less than 0.5 percent of the vote. The office of Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, a Republican, will review the returns on Saturday.
Scott’s Senate campaign and the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee sued both Broward and Palm Beach counties, seeking to make the counties’ vote-counting more transparent and ensure that each is following state election laws. Late Friday, a Florida court ruled in Scott’s favor in the Broward County case.
Broward and Palm Beach Counties have failed in their duty to follow Florida law, which requires that vote by mail and absentee ballots are accounted within 30 minutes of polls closing
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) November 9, 2018
“We’re doing it to win,” he said.
Departing the White House on Friday morning en route to Paris, Trump said there “could be” a federal role for sorting out the electoral mess …read more
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