Andrew Gillum to Rick Scott: 'Counting votes isn't partisan - it's democracy'

Democrats expected to pick up governorships but many races are too close to call

These outstacked ballots would be the ones critical in a manual recount.

As of Thursday afternoon, in the race for governor, former Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis leads Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum by.47 percent.

No state can deliver post-election day drama quite like Florida as both the statewide Senate and gubernatorial Democratic candidates push for a recount decision as early as Saturday.

Gillum's campaign said his initial concession Tuesday night was based on "best information available about the number of outstanding ballots" at the time.

"It has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", she said in a statement. "Florida voted for Rick Scott!". "They want results. They want us to work for positive results for their lives".

Gillum and DeSantis have not talked since election night, the source added. The Associated Press has not called the race, and votes have continued to be counted this week.

The state's recount procedures have been revised since Florida held the country hostage for a month 18 years ago, when George W. Bush edged Al Gore for the presidency. His campaign says it's preparing for a recount and will have observers in every one of the state's 67 counties to monitor the process. It won't change things, but it will put paid to the conspiracy theories that are already floating in Georgia over the election process there. Scott's approval rating as governor has gone up a lot in the previous year as he's not only managed crises (i.e., hurricanes) but kept a smart level of distance from Trump (i.e. getting close enough but still maintaining an individual reputation).

WPLG noted that in the November 2016 general election, a small number of ballots were mailed to voters without the state's medical marijuana referendum.

Elias said that he was "pretty confident" this resulted from a calibration or scanning issue that didn't read markings on this particular part of the ballot.


"The results of the 2018 Senate election are unknown and I think that you and the elections officials should treat it as such", Elias told reporters on a conference call.

In the lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, the NRSC and Scott accuse Bucher of not allowing the county's canvassing board to determine "all valid votes" from "overvoted" and "undervoted" absentee ballots and "has made determinations regarding voter intent herself".

On Nov. 7, Nelson retained the Democratic Party's lawyer of choice, Marc Elias of the Perkins Coie firm. She also did not know how many provisional, military and mismarked ballots need to be counted.

However, Nelson did not publicly concede, instead having an aide tell supporters shortly after midnight that while many news reports were declaring Scott the victor, Nelson would have no statement until later Wednesday.

"Don't steal our election!" they shouted in chants alternated with songs including "The Star Spangled Banner" and reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. "This is a waste of time and it is because they can't come to grips with the fact that they lost".

Rick Scott declared victory Tuesday night over Sen.

In a tweet sent late Thursday, Gillum argued that there are no partisan motives in recounting votes following the midterm elections, as the state moves toward a recount in the gubernatorial, Senate and agriculture commissioner races. Caldwell, a close ally of Republican Sen.

"There are no other counties - Republican or Democrat - that are trying to steal this election, or who are still finding ballots", he went on.

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