These newly discovered ballots have been "breaking nearly 3-to-1 in favor of Democrats", narrowing the margin between these two candidates to likely force a recount after Saturday's noon deadline requiring all counties to turn over election results to the state Division of Elections.
Are Florida's election officials merely incompetent, or is there a sinister plot afoot to throw the election results towards Democrats?
About 60 Republican protesters demonstrated outside Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes' office on Friday, chanting, "We want answers, Brenda Snipes!"
In an emergency court hearing on Friday afternoon, state Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips ruled there has "been a violation of the Florida constitution", as well as the state's public records act, by not turning over requested records.
"This is a feature, not a flaw", Elias said of the ongoing counting of provisional and absentee ballots. Broward was the setting for some of the most contentious debates over "hanging chads" and other ballot irregularities that determined the outcome of the 2000 presidential contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore.
Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott smiles as he speaks to supporters at an election watch party, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Naples, Fla.
Scott announced Thursday he is suing the Palm Beach and Broward county supervisors of elections, saying "there may be rampant fraud" in the counties that heavily favor Democrats.
Kemp holds about a 63,000 vote lead, with 50.3 percent of nearly 4 million votes.
Under Florida law, a recount is mandatory if the winning candidate's margin is less than 0.5 percentage points when the first unofficial count is verified Saturday by Florida's secretary of state. But Florida's ballot chaos - rife with intrigue and Trump's accusation of abuse by officials in Democrat-heavy counties - raises fresh questions about why the world's most powerful democracy is incapable of producing swift and accurate election results across all 50 states.
"Arizonans must have faith that their votes are counted, and we are working diligently to ensure that count proceeds in a fair, transparent, and timely manner that voters can trust", Sinema for Arizona campaign manager Andrew Piatt said in a statement.
Senator Marco Rubio also tweeted out a thread pointing out all of the past controversies over Broward supervisor Brenda Snipes.
Neither the Associated Press nor CNN have called the race.
The drama in Florida's election continues to build tonight as three statewide races are certain to head to a recount. Scott's thin lead over Nelson will likely prompt a recount.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel said it analyzed voting patterns and found that of Broward ballots already counted, thousands made the unlikely choice of voting in lower-profile contests like for agriculture commissioner, but not for Senate, the marquee race on the ballot.
Broward County officials were simply taking deliberative steps to count all ballots, including absentee and provisional ones, he said.
Meanwhile, in Arizona's Senate race, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema took a minuscule lead of about 9,000 out of 1.9 million votes counted after trailing since Tuesday. "Nelson will be the victor of this election at the end of this process and we must see it through to the end". But unlike Scott, DeSantis decidedly defeated Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum with nearly 52 percent of the vote among Keys voters choosing the next governor.