In a conference call Thursday, Elias said, "We believe at the end of the day, Senator Nelson is going to be declared the victor and is going to return to the United States Senate". In other counties the section for Scott and Nelson was presented more prominently at the top of the ballot.
As the Chairman of the political law practice Perkins Coie, Elias represents almost all of the Democratic senators, according to RollCall, and his firm also represents the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the Democratic Governors' Association as a whole.
Broward County was still counting early voting and vote-by-mail ballots Friday. But lawyers for Scott contended the information is already required to be collected under state law and should take minutes to provide.
As the ballot difference in the U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Sen. Today the Florida Department of Law Enforcement stated, "This morning we spoke with the Department of State and they indicated they had no criminal allegations of fraud".
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Scott announced the suit and his call for an investigation at a press conference at the governor's mansion Thursday night. Scott's lead over Sen. A recount would be automatically triggered if the candidates are within 0.5 points of each other and the machine recount would need to be completed by 3 p.m. on November 15.
Trump said Scott "won by a comfortable margin", though he noted that "every couple of hours, it goes down a little bit".
With a razor-thin margin in the race for Florida's U.S. Senate, the two sides are throwing jabs at each other over separate lawsuits.
"Election officials are literally just counting the ballots". Overnight Thursday for instance, the lead swapped in the Senate race in Arizona, with Democratic nominee Kyrsten Sinema pulling slightly ahead of Republican Martha McSally.
The Nelson campaign has filed its own lawsuit against Florida's secretary of state to try to enjoin election officials from rejecting mail-in ballots and provisional ballots "on the basis of a standardless signature matching process". Snipes was accused of destroying the physical ballots while saving digital copies as the lawsuit was pending - a violation of a federal statute requiring congressional ballots be saved for 22 months after an election.
"It is not appropriate for the governor of any state to suggest that he's going to use the power of the state to interject", Elias said.
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"And the Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has a history of acting in bad faith", he said.
The race between Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and Republican challenger Rick Scott, Florida's term-limited governor, was even closer: Scott leads by 17,344 votes, or 0.22%. Florida's secretary of state will verify the first unofficial count Saturday. Those are the U.S. Senate race, Florida Governor's race, and the contest for state Agriculture Commissioner.
Mr Trump said on Friday he would send his lawyers to Florida "to expose the fraud", calling the Nelson campaign's recount lawyer Marc Elias an election stealer.
Bill Nelson from Scott as numbers continued to come in from Broward and Palm Beach counties, Scott sued the counties late Thursday over public records he claimed have not been given to his campaign and asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate, which the FLDE said it would do. They are seeking an emergency hearing as the votes must be certified by noon Saturday.
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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".