GOP Protest Erupts Outside Broward Elections Office Amid Vote Count

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If the margin of victory is equal or less than 0.5 percent, state law requires a machine to recount the votes.

At the same time, the U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott remained too close to call, and Nelson's elections lawyer predicted it would be a "jump ball" as it became more likely there would be a recount in that race.

"For Bill Nelson, the task is getting the "win" ... no matter what", he said. "I mean that's a lot of work", DeSantis said. Nelson's campaign aides believe he will emerge victorious once all the ballots are counted.

Provisional ballots are given to voters because their eligibility to vote is challenged for some reason - perhaps they have an address discrepancy, or they forgot their ID.

Gillum's campaign said Thursday that he is "ready for any outcome", including a recount.

Gillum's campaign said it has hired attorney Barry Richard, who represented President George W. Bush in the 2000 recount, and is monitoring the situation.

All of Florida's ballots will now be recounted to see who has won the governor's race, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

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Having already declared victory, Scott's campaign has attempted to portray the results as settled.

His lead narrowed as final ballots in heavily Democratic Broward and Palm Beach counties were counted Wednesday and Thursday. Meanwhile, Senate candidate Scott filed a lawsuit demanding that the Broward County supervisor of elections be ordered to turn over several records detailing the counting and collection of ballots cast. I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election. The Scott campaign was swift in attacking Nelson.

The outgoing governor, Rick Scott, was term limited. Among other things, the infamous punch-card ballots are no longer.

Broward County is the only one of Florida's 67 counties which is yet to complete its initial count. And if the margin is less than 0.25 percent the recount must be done by hand. "Democrats will take every step to ensure that every single ballot is counted and we will be pursuing a recount in Nikki Fried's election for the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs".

And like 2000, the counting process is becoming contentious. In addition, they offered no explanation for why the alleged problems and continuing vote counts appear to be occurring only in precincts that traditionally skew in favor of Democrats.

Of those, only three resulted in a change in the apparent election-night victor - where the trailing candidate overtook the leading contender. Al Franken's 2008 victory in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race. Just 39,000 votes now separate the two men. "Ron's a young guy, I'm a young guy, Gaetz is a young guy, so it's really about what the future of our party looks like".

"What's going on in Florida is a disgrace", he said.

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Gillum had pulled off an upset in the Democratic primary, winning the nomination after consistently polling in third for most of that race, but he was unable to carry that same momentum into the general election. "That seems to happen about half the time".

"As usual, it's Broward County and Brenda Snipes", said "Sharon".

Ballots from overseas military personnel and their spouses could be another factor in the race.

"It's a jump ball", Elias said. It it is important to Gillum, these sources said, that his supporters know they are fighting for every vote. "That under-vote doesn't make sense". A statewide machine recount would have to be completed by 3 p.m. November 15, Elias said. "We recognize that we didn't win this tonight". Nelson campaign spokesman Dan McLaughlin issued a statement saying that all votes should be counted accurately and that Scott's action "appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation".

The Canvassing Board moved quickly through the ballots, rejecting just two out of the first 210.

Miami-Dade Democrats issued an alert for volunteers to track down the more than 3,000 people who cast provisional ballots.

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