Florida's races for governor and US Senate appeared headed Thursday for law-mandated recounts, while the Democratic candidate for governor in neighbouring Georgia threatened legal action to ensure all votes are counted in her tight race.
"On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count", Gillum's spokeswoman Johanna Cervone said in a statement.
Gillum later went live on his Facebook page and told his supporters their campaign is "hopeful that every single ballot will be counted in this race". "We'll let the lawyers do what they gotta do, but we're good and I'm looking forward to serving". Gillum, a liberal Democrat, and DeSantis, who has tried to imitate Trump in every way, provided voters with a pretty intense contrast.
While the Senate and governor races drew national attention, a Florida Cabinet seat also will likely have a statewide recount. In 2016, there were 24,460 provisional ballots submitted, with 10,998 ballots ultimately being counted, according to the Florida Division of Elections.
Some counties are ready to start the machine recounts. "Then he made some veiled threat or suggestion that he was somehow going to involve law enforcement", Elias said. "Nelson is going to be declared the victor and return to the U.S. Senate", Elias said Thursday. "The ones that are accepted will all be opened and we'll tabulate those tonight to add to the count".
"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". The latter had even conceded, but is now starting to change his mind because officials are insisting there are more ballots to be counted in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
As it turns out, the threat of a federal investigation into alleged voter fraud in Florida's Broward County turned out to be just that - a threat.
Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes "isn't reporting hourly or regularly, but rather releasing thousands of additional votes, often in the overnight hours, that are chipping away at GOP leads", Rubio said in a tweet. Both are heavily Democratic.
Bill Nelson's campaign claims he's "confident" the results will end with a Democratic victory over Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Those included instances where a voter might have over-voted, trying to cross out a choice and indicating a preferred one with an arrow.
"Sometimes it takes a little extra time to make sure that we get the outcome that voters intended", said U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla. "This is a waste of time and it is because they can't come to grips with the fact that they lost".
That is now the fate of Mississippi's senate race, which will be decided on 27 November, as neither incumbent Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith nor Democrat Mike Espy received over 50% of the vote. He suggested something was awry because vote-counters were taking longer there than in other jurisdictions, and his thin lead has kept narrowing since Election Night.