U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says his Republican challenger, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, fears that he will lose the election if all the votes are counted.
President Donald Trump on Friday joined the chorus of Republican critics complaining about the pace of vote counting in Broward, the Democratic bastion whose votes have narrowed the race for U.S. Senate. He and the Democratic Executive Committee, listed as a plaintiff, are challenging a Florida law that requires county election officials to check voters' signatures on provisional and mail-in ballots and reject those that don't match records on file.
"We do not have an active investigation at this point", she said.
"All of a sudden they are finding votes out of nowhere", Trump told reporters at the White House, adding he believes Scott won the race "by a comfortable margin". However, in the days after the election, votes that continued to file in tightened the race further, leading to the possibility of a state-mandated recount more likely.
Snipes' attorney Eugene Pettis argued in court that the lawsuits were an attempt by Scott and the NRSC to slow things down.
But late on Friday, Bucher said it was impossible for her to meet the 10 a.m. Saturday deadline imposed by Marx; she claimed the ballots on which her staff made decisions had already been mixed back in with all the regular ballots and it would be impossible to separate them out and still meet the state certification by Saturday. He asked for an injunction until the canvassing board can review those ballots. Some of the protesters accused county officials of trying to steal the election.
Pettis disputed Scott's earlier comments about the fundamental importance of protecting the vote.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott gestures as he appears with President Donald Trump during a rally, October 31, 2018, in Estero, Fla.
In Florida, an automatic recount will be triggered if the difference in vote totals between two candidates is 0.5 percent or less. "No ragtag group of liberal activists or lawyers from D.C. will be allowed to steal this election from the voters in the state of Florida".
"The race is too close to call", Fried's communication director Max Flugrath said. Those are considered the "second unofficial results" of the election.
"They aim to disenfranchise law-abiding Florida voters by producing ballots out of thin air until they have enough to win".
Scott pointed out that the lawyer hired by Nelson, Marc Elias, has said he expects the Democratic senator to be declared the victor.
Also on Friday, demonstrators stood outside the Broward Board of Elections Headquarters in Lauderhill, showing their displeasure for Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes.
The unusual pattern appeared in no other Florida county, the newspaper reported. Bucher ran in a special election to replace him and won.
Broward has lagged the rest of the state in completing the first, crucial phases of counting ballots from the midterm election. The campaign submitted its request for Broward's ballot records on Thursday afternoon, just hours before it filed suit.
"It is not appropriate for the governor of any state to suggest that he is going to use the power of the state as governor to interject his law enforcement authority to prevent the counting of ballots that have been lawfully cast".
Meanwhile, Democratic incumbent Sen.