The counties have finally turned over their results in the elections in Florida after two counties, Broward and Palm Beach were found to have not been complying with the law and ordered to turn over their records and/or ballots.
Now with the final results in, Gov. Rick Scott still leads in the race for Senate against the incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL). and Ron De Santis still leads Andrew Gillum in the governor’s race. But the totals are much closer than they were at the close of the night on Tuesday as Broward and Palm Beach continued to add votes.
Scott has a narrow lead now of around 12,000 votes, about 0.15 points.
De Santis is holding a much bigger lead, about 33,000, about 0.41 points
From The Hill:
In Florida, an automatic machine recount is triggered if two candidates are within 0.5 points of one another. If the candidates are within 0.25 points of one another after that machine recount is conducted, a hand recount is triggered.
Sarah Revell, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of State, confirmed on Saturday that Secretary of State Ken Detzner (R) had ordered recounts in the three races.
“The first unofficial set of returns for the U.S. Senate, Governor and Commissioner of Agriculture races has met the statutory threshold to trigger a machine recount,” Revell said in an email. “As required under Florida law, a statewide machine recount has been ordered by the Secretary of State.”
Republicans have been fighting for the last couple of days to get the election supervisors in two Democratic strongholds, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, to comply with the law and the reporting requirements.
Two judges handed Scott key legal wins in those cases on Friday. In Broward, Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips ordered the county’s supervisor of elections, Brenda Snipes, to turn over voter information, including how many people cast ballots and how many votes remained to be counted.
Meanwhile, in Palm Beach, Judge Krista Marx ordered the county supervisor of elections, Susan Bucher, to release certain ballots that had been deemed defective to the canvassing board for final review.
The race for agriculture commissioner is also headed for a recount. Democrat Nikki Fried and Republican Matt Caldwell are separated by a scant 0.06 percentage points — a little more than 5,300 votes.
While that race hasn’t drawn the outsize national attention that Florida’s Senate and gubernatorial races have, agriculture commissioner is an influential, Cabinet-level position in the state with sweeping responsibilities.
Caldwell followed in Scott’s footsteps on Friday, filing his own lawsuit against Snipes, asking that a court determine whether she illegally counted ballots received after polls closed on Tuesday.
The machine recount has to be in by Nov. 15, and then a hand recount, if triggered would have to be in by Nov. 18 so that the results could be certified by Nov. 20.
Democrats have called in Hillary Clinton attorney, Marc Elias, who said he expected that the recount would turn the vote to Nelson, but that is not likely, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida Barry Edwards said.
“I’m not aware of any statewide or national election result changing from a recount,” he said. “That doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened before. But just from a recount of ballots, I’m not aware of any final outcomes changing.”
And on average, recounts at best yield about 0.016 which wouldn’t be enough to swing either Scott or De Santis’ races.
So it sounds good. But cross your fingers that there’s no more funny business.