Florida Democrat Senator Bill Nelson insists that when “every legal ballot is counted, we’ll win this election.” His comments came amid legal challenges to the tight U.S. Senate race between Nelson and his challenger Republican Gov. Rick Scott. (Nov. 9)
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Monday called Florida ballots from the midterm election “massively infected” and said recounts should end in races for governor and U.S. Senate.
Trump said Republican Rick Scott, the governor who campaigned to unseat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, and Republican Ron DeSantis, the House member running for governor against Democrat Andrew Gillum, should each be declared winner in their races.
“An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected,” Trump tweeted early Monday.
Trump’s comments followed the beginning of the recount of more than 8 million votes from the Nov. 6 election. It is the first statewide recount in history, and will also cover the state race for agriculture commissioner and several state-level offices.
Not all ballots have necessarily arrived. The state accepts ballots from military and overseas voters that were postmarked Nov. 6 until Nov. 16.
Ballot counting began in Broward and Palm Beach counties, two Democratic strongholds, after razor-thin margins caused Florida’s secretary of state to order a recount on Saturday.
Scott claimed victory on election night, and has accused election officials in Broward and Palm Beach counties of “rampant fraud.” He asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate.
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