Florida braces for recounts in gubernatorial and Senate races

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According to the Associated Press, they are closely monitoring the race for governor, where election officials continue to count absentee ballots.

In wake of Hurricane Maria, many Puerto Ricans moved to South Florida and they've expressed their frustration with the president's inability to help as the territory struggled to rebuild.

Trump also said it was possible the federal government could get involved in the Florida vote count.

They could, however, be decisive in the agriculture-commissioner race, in which Democrat Nikki Fried held a slim lead of almost 3,000 votes over Republican Matt Caldwell. "We do not let people seize ballots when they think they're losing".

There were two late developments, however: Around 8 p.m, the Broward supervisor of elections announced that those votes had finally been counted, and Rick Scott, the governor who doubles as a Senate candidate careening toward a recount, announced he was suing the Broward elections supervisor, Democrat Brenda Snipes, for taking as long as she had to count the votes.

Scott and Nelson, meanwhile, have hired lawyers and have demanded information on those who cast provisional ballots on Tuesday.

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.

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Overnight, the so-called Woolsey Fire reached the city of Agoura Hills and raced through Oak Park, in the adjacent Ventura County. Video from the scene shows firefighters battling to extinguish burning buildings, as the sky glowed orange and filled with smoke.

In the 2000 presidential recount Florida, questions about voter intent provoked disputes over dimpled chads, punch-cards that had been indented but not penetrated.

Six races are within the half percentage margin to trigger an automatic machine recount.

In elections with a winning margin of 0.25 percentage points or fewer, the state requires a hand recount of ballots where machines didn't detect a vote.

The Republican Party had no immediate response to the developments, but Mr. Scott's campaign said bluntly that Mr. Elias was launching an effort to steal the election.

Republican senate candidate Rick Scott and Democratic incumbent Sen.

"It is sad and embarrassing that Bill Nelson would resort to these low tactics after the voters have clearly spoken", said a statement signed by Scott's team.

Voters who cast provisional ballots have until Thursday at 5 p.m.to verify their ID or provide other data to county officials to make their ballots count.

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No Republicans were on the ballot in the heavily Democratic district, which represents parts of Detroit and some suburbs. After fleeing the country's civil war, she spent four years in a refugee camp before coming to the USA when she was 14.

Early voting and vote-by-mail ballots are still being counted in Broward County, while vote-by-mail ballots are still being counted in Palm Beach County. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, sought to inspect physical ballots only to discover Snipes' office had destroyed the originals but kept digital copies.

In 2000, Broward and Palm Beach each played central roles in the Bush-Gore race.

In the lawsuit, Scott claims without evidence that Snipes is withholding records regarding how many people voted, how many ballots have been counted and how many more votes remain untallied in Broward County.

"All of a sudden they are finding votes out of nowhere", Trump said of the Senate race.

Some counties are ready to start the machine recounts. So, too, is Florida's race for agriculture commissioner, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

While the Senate and governor races drew national attention, a Florida Cabinet seat also will likely have a statewide recount.

When additional ballots began narrowing DeSantis' margin of victory on November 7, Gillum tweeted: "I'm looking forward to seeing every vote counted". "We have been doing this quietly behind the scenes, not to be presumptuous, but just because you don't have enough time".

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He said: "If we keep conceding goals before the opponent, it will arrive the day where we can not come back. But they're a good rival and it's a good chance to get three points and move them away".

The Miami Herald reported that he won Florida by about 56,000 votes.