Nelson Campaign 'Confident' It Has The Votes To Win Florida Senate Recount

The Florida Division of Elections shows Ron DeSantis now leading Andrew Gillum, 49.62 percent to 49.15 percent.

As of midnight, Scott led by about 56,000 votes out of more than 8 million cast, or a margin of 50.35 percent to 49.65 percent.

The President said Scott had "won by a comfortable margin", but accused Democrats of attempting to pad their margins. Indeed, the Nelson-Scott race is so tight that it could trigger a recount by hand, according to Democratic election lawyer Marc Elias.

The stakes aren't as high this time, but a Scott win would end the political career of the 76-year-old Nelson, who is seeking a fourth Senate term.

Kemp has already claimed victory, and his campaign released a statement saying Abrams was trying to "steal" the election in a courtroom.

"Every couple of hours, it goes down a little bit", Trump said of Scott's lead.

Amid mounting concern over Kemp's oversight role in elections, Kemp resigned Thursday as secretary of state, but repeated his assertion that he defeated Abrams.

"I will not stand idly by as unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of Florida", Scott said.

Nelson filed his own federal lawsuit Friday, seeking to postpone the Saturday deadline to submit unofficial election results.

"We do not have an active investigation", Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said. But the agency did not announce an investigation.

"So, it has been over 48 hours since the polls closed and Broward and Palm Beach Counties are still finding and counting ballots - and the Supervisors - Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher - can not seem to say how many ballots still exist or where these ballots came from, or where they have been", he said.

Detzner told county election officials on November 8 to prepare for statewide recounts, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen was personally chosen by Scott in 2015, even though the appointment is subject to approval by the three elected Cabinet members.

Richard, a Tallahassee lawyer, had represented George W. Bush during Florida's 2000 presidential recount, which spanned 36 days and resulted in Bush capturing Florida and with it, the White House, by 537 votes out of nearly 6 million cast. "What's going on in Florida is a disgrace". That's 0.44 percent of the vote total, well below the 0.50 percent difference threshold, now 41,048 votes, triggering a mandatory machine recount of the governor's election.

With the recount odds growing every minute, Scott blamed Florida election officials in two Democratic-leaning counties for tampering with the vote by counting indiscernible ballots in favor of Democrats, and other transgressions.

When DeSantis gave his victory speech Tuesday night in Orlando, he too thought the race was decided. But the final, unofficial tally brought the margin close enough for a recount.

The Associated Press does not call any race that may proceed to a recount.

Snipes did not specify when they are going to stop counting ballots or how many are left to count.

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

"Since that time, it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", the statement said.

"Voters in white working-class areas are becoming more conservative - and hard-line conservative - and more Republican-aligned", Isbell said".

Florida was mocked for the way it handled the infamous 2000 recount, especially since there was no uniform process then on how to proceed.

"This is not like it was in 2000. And the Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has a history of acting in bad faith", he said.

The board had just started examining provisional ballots from early voting moments before Snipes was asked if she was aware of the lawsuit. Provisional ballots are given to voters who don't have proper ID or whose names don't show up on the rolls at the precinct.

"I think it's fair to say right now the results of the 2018 Senate election are unknown, and [media] and elections officials should treat it as such".

If the margins hold through 12 p.m. Saturday, elections supervisors will begin the statewide machine recount process.

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.

Vanessa Coleman