NEW YORK (Nov 10, 2018): More than three days after the polls closed in Florida, the secretary of state announced that the razor-thin races for governor, senator and agriculture commissioner will be reviewed in a series of machine recounts.
President Trump who is in Paris this weekend, tweeted Saturday he would be “watching closely” amid Republican accusations of improper actions aimed at Broward County election officials with some GOP leaders advancing ‘conspiracy theories’.
Officials found “no illegal activity” in Broward County, Daily Beast reported as recounts begin in echo of 2000 presidential elections contest between George Bush Jr. (R) and Al Gore (D).
Trump accused Democrats of “trying to steal” elections for the top two positions in Florida, echoing accusations from Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), the GOP nominee for Senate.
“Trying to STEAL two big elections in Florida! We are watching closely!” he tweeted.
Republican Gov, Scott’s lead over Sen. Bill Nelson (D) has decreased after new vote tallies from two counties in the state.
Florida’s Senate race, as well as the gubernatorial race between Andrew Gillum (D) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) remain uncalled, while Gillum rescinded his concession in the race Saturday as his deficit behind DeSantis in the vote tally shrunk.
Gillum responded to the recount ordered of several races in the state: “Let me say clearly: I am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromised, and unapologetic call that we count every single vote.”
The details: Florida, by law, must conduct a recount when results fall within the margin of error, the AP explains. Ron DeSantis, Republican candidate for governor currently leads the race with 49.6% of the vote while Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate, holds 49.2%. Rick Scott, current governor and candidate for senator, holds 50.1% of the vote in the Senate race while incumbent Senator Bill Nelson holds 49.9%.
Meanwhile, Democrats have won at least 33 seats in the House of Representatives, but they look poised to win closer to 40 — there are 13 races that are either not called or too close to call, and Democrats have a solid chance of winning seven of those.
Even if Democrats didn’t win any additional House seats, they’ve already won the most number of seats since Watergate, when the party picked up 48 seats in 1974.
While Democrats control the House now, Republicans continue to control the Senate–having lost full control of the Congress in the midterm elections.