Rick Scott, Bill Nelson spar over Broward, Palm Beach vote counting

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At issue is the looming recount for a hotly contested race between Republican candidate (and current sitting Governor) Rick Scott and the incumbent, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson.

Earlier in the day, an attorney for Nelson compared Gov. Rick Scott's use of a state law-enforcement agency to investigate the actions of elections officials in Palm Beach and Broward counties to a "Third World dictatorship". The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has said they are not investigating, that no allegations of fraud have been brought forward and there has been no written request from Scott yet. "I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election from the people of Florida", Scott added, though he offered no proof to back up his claim.

As of Friday morning, Scott held a lead of 0.18 percent over Nelson, while DeSantis had a.44 percent edge over Gillum, according to the Miami Herald.

As Scott announced his lawsuits, questions began to be asked about ballot papers which did not clearly indicate how to vote in the Senate election.

Democrat Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, trailed by about 1 percentage point and fewer than 80,000 votes when he conceded Tuesday.

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

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Undecided races in Tuesday's midterm US elections are keeping the states of Florida, Georgia and Arizona on edge.

The counties must conclude their unofficial counts by noon Saturday before the Florida secretary of state can determine what, if any, recounts are required.

His race, and the one for governor, appear headed for mandatory recounts, which could delay a final outcome for days or weeks.

"As soon as Democrats sent their best Election stealing lawyer, Marc Elias, to Broward County they miraculously started finding Democrat votes", Trump tweeted.

"She has had a awful history ... and all of a sudden they're finding votes out of nowhere", President Trump told reporters Friday.

He followed that with an apparently sarcastic tweet about the USA intelligence community's findings that Russian Federation has interfered in US elections, including his 2016 victory. Many more counties continue to count provisional ballots.

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The accusations and lawsuits in the political battleground of Florida conjured memories of the state's 2000 presidential recount, when the victor of the White House hung in the balance for weeks before the US Supreme Court stopped the counting and Republican George W. Bush triumphed over Democrat Al Gore.

Sarah Revell, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of State, said she didn't know of any other recount in a governor or Senate race in state history.

Scott also filed a second lawsuit against Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, saying she's refused to allow his representatives to personally witness the ballot counting process.

The fact that a Black woman was presiding over the vote counting process in the pivotal Broward County likely only compounded the apparent anger Republicans were expressing over the elections they thought they won Tuesday night.

The hiring came after Scott derided Nelson for hiring Elias as "one of Hillary Clinton's lawyers from D.C".

Scott has expressed frustration at the new votes coming in from Broward, which have already narrowed his margin of victory over Nelson.

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