In the race for the governor's mansion between former GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis and his Democratic opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, DeSantis now leads Gillum 49.62 percent to 49.15 percent, a 0.47 percent margin - or 38,501 votes. These are ballots where voters filled in too many blanks, or not enough names, or caused some other flaw, such as stray marks.
He accused his opponents of "mysteriously finding more votes".
Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson has pushed for a recount given that he trails Scott by such a slim margin. On Tuesday night, Republican state Rep. Matt Caldwell declared victory, but by Wednesday morning democratic challenger Nikki Fried was trailing by less than 13,000 votes, or about 0.16 percentage points.
More than 8.2 million ballots were cast in Florida's election, according to the state Division of Elections web site. Unfortunately, Florida residents hadn't actually voted yet, leading viewers to speculate about what exactly was going on at the network.
"Latest ballots dumped by #Broward &/or #PalmBeach...shaved another 4k+ from Scott's lead in Senate race", Mr. Rubio tweeted Thursday.
However, as of Friday, the FDLE said they are not investigating Snipes and have not received any allegations of voter fraud, nor did Scott make an official request for an investigation in writing.
The county has not answered questions about its process and how many votes it has left to count. "We do not let people seize ballots when they think they're losing".
The recount decision would come this weekend after canvassing boards in Florida's 67 counties certify returns. In a statement, Nelson said "we are proceeding to a recount". Scott's campaign urged Nelson to concede. At that time, if the spread in the Senate race is less than half of a percentage point - which seemed a near certainty - there will be an automatic machine recount.
However, according to the Tallahassee Democrat, White House reporter April Ryan's sources have told her the actual vote difference between the men is only 15,000. "What's going on in Florida is a disgrace".
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The Broward County Canvassing Board was to meet in the early afternoon, and about 30 Republican protesters had gathered outside by midday. The governor, meanwhile, filed lawsuits in both counties seeking more information on how their ballots were being tallied.
People who cast provisional ballots have until 5 p.m. Thursday to verify their identification or documentation with county election supervisors.
"Don't steal our election!" they shouted in chants alternated with songs including "The Star Spangled Banner" and reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. It was unknown late Thursday how many Broward had accepted.
If the margins hold through 12 p.m. Saturday, elections supervisors will begin the statewide machine recount process.
Ron DeSantis' narrow win in Tuesday's election for governor will bring an unprecedented expansion of conservative Republican power in Tallahassee.
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.
Palm Beach also was home to the infamous "butterfly ballot" that many Democrats believe cost Gore the election.
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 official results of a manual recount would be due by November 18. The melee became known as "The Brooks Brothers Riot".