Rick Scott wins first election lawsuit

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Elections officials in Broward County, where Democrats have a large advantage, were still reviewing ballots Thursday.

Scott is now ahead of Nelson by about 15,000 votes.

Numbers released by the Monroe County Supervisor of Elections Friday, Nov. 9, show Sen.

On Thursday, Scott and Senate Republicans filed a lawsuit demanding the recount be halted.

Earlier Friday, Trump also ridiculed the ongoing review of ballots. For those races that are within.25% after that machine recount, a hand recount would be initiated of ballots marked as undervotes (voters who did not fill out all available choices on the ballot) or overvotes (voters who made more choices than allotted on the ballot).

"This morning our agency did communicate with DOS and they indicated at this time, they had no allegations of fraud", Starke said in an email Friday to News 6.

Scott announced his intention to have law enforcement look into Broward and Palm Beach counties at a news conference Thursday night. Trump tweets: "Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach". By two o'clock that same day the Florida Secretary of State is expected to certify those results and order a machine recount for any multi-county races within half a percentage point.

Scott says "unethical liberals" are trying to steal the election.

Neither the Associated Press nor CNN have called the race.

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But reports have poured in from voters complaining that their ballots had been improperly rejected; one came from Patrick Murphy, the former Democratic congressman from Palm Beach who tweeted: "Just saw notice from PBCounty that my absentee ballot wasn't counted due to "invalid signature" match". He also requests Saturday's deadline to canvass ballots be extended until the legal matter is resolved. Snipes was accused of destroying the physical ballots while saving digital copies as the lawsuit was pending - a violation of a federal statute requiring congressional ballots be saved for 22 months after an election.

Earlier Friday, Nelson lawyer Marc Elias criticized Scott for suggesting that he might get the state government involved. Miller said Marx stated that she wasn't sure that's what "witnesses" meant but said the counting was over so she let it go.

"Because of her extensive and successful leadership and administrative skills, Dr. Snipes was asked by Governor Jeb Bush to serve out the term of Supervisor of Elections in Broward County", her state website said.

The U.S. Senate race in Florida remains too close to call, with an automatic recount appearing to be an inevitability as Republican Rick Scott's lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson is now less than.2 percent. Florida a state with a tradition of recounts, is in for another political storm.

In Mississippi, a runoff election is expected in late November between Republican Sen.

In Georgia, where Republican Brian Kemp declared victory in the governor's contest on Wednesday with a narrow lead, campaign officials for Democrat Stacey Abrams have vowed to pursue litigation to ensure all votes are counted. In a call with reporters on Friday, Elias jokingly thanked Scott for the free publicity. With a U.S. Senate race on the line, one might think this deserves a somewhat believable explanation. A hearing was set for 3 p.m.in state court.

"Rick Scott was up by 50,000+ votes on Election Day, now they "found" many votes and he is only up 15,000 votes".

The two southern states are in the spotlight after Tuesday's closely watched midterm elections, in which Democrats reclaimed the House of Representatives from President Donald Trump's Republicans and flipped a number of governorships. He conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday night, though the race has since tightened.