Democratic candidate for Florida’s gubernatorial race Andrew Gillum gained approximately one vote in Florida’s ongoing recount against Republican Rick DeSantis this week; continuing to trail his GOP challenger by 33,683 votes.
“In the governor’s race, the recount showed that Democrat Andrew Gillum trailed Republican Ron DeSantis by 33,683 votes, a net gain of 1 vote for Gillum from the unofficial results reported last week. The margin was 0.41 percent out of more than 8 million votes cast, outside the 0.25 percent threshold needed for a manual recount,” writes the Orlando Sentinel.
Despite the lead, Gillum refuses to concede the election until Florida recounts “every legally cast vote.”
“A vote denied is justice denied — the State of Florida must count every legally cast vote,” Gillum said. “As today’s unofficial reports and recent court proceedings make clear, there are tens of thousands of votes that have yet to be counted. We plan to do all we can to ensure that every voice is heard in this process.”
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DEMOCRAT DO-OVER? Liberal Senator Urges Activists to ‘Get Down to Florida’ if There’s No Recount
Democrat Senator Chris Murphy urged liberal activists across the country to “adjust their schedules” and “get down to Florida” if Republicans “stop all ballots from being counted.”
Murphy posted his comments on social media after state officials weighed a manual recount after Republican Rick Scott held a slight lead over Democrat Bill Nelson.
“Republicans will try to use the courts to shut down a full recount. Just get ready for this – adjust your schedules bc we may all have to get down to Florida if they try to to use the courts to stop all ballots from being counted,” tweeted the left-wing lawmaker.
Republicans will try to use the courts to shut down a full recount. Just get ready for this – adjust your schedules bc we may all have to get down to Florida if they try to to use the courts to stop all ballots from being counted. https://t.co/VSDSDfnEjE
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) November 8, 2018
The move echoes similar comments from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who demanded that “every vote” be counted and urged supporters to contact their local County Supervisors.
MIDTERM MAYHEM: More ‘Irregularities Surface’ in Florida Recount
More “irregularities” surfaced Tuesday in Florida’s ongoing recount for last week’s highly-contested midterm election, with new reports revealing hurricane-displaced voters were permitted to vote via email -a clear violation of state law.
According to the Associated Press, “Florida’s election recount chugged along Tuesday as more irregularities are uncovered” for the Sunshine State’s Senate and gubernatorial races.
“One county revealed it had allowed some hurricane-displaced voters to cast their ballots by email — a violation of state law. Another had to restart its recount after getting about a quarter finished because someone forgot to push a button,” added the AP.
A White House spokesperson slammed Florida’s handling of the recount; calling the events “incredibly frustrating” and saying, “We’re confident Rick Scott will be the next senator of Florida.”
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