Recount redux - Shades of 2000 as Florida's Secretary of State Ken Detzner has officially announced that the state will be conducting a recount of votes in several big races from Tuesday's midterm elections, including both the gubernatorial and senate races.
With illegal ballots mixed with legal ones, boxes of votes appearing late, and deadlines unmet, the state is officially recounting votes. Moments ago, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum appeared before gathered press and withdrew his concession in bid for governor against Republican Rick DeSantis, pending the new official tally.
Based on the margins of victory, three races will be machine recounted, including the two mentioned above as well as that of the agriculture commissioner. The recount is due by 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 15.
The counting and settling of the election has been marked by controversy, including allegations of vote mishandling made by Sen. Marco Rubio, and a lawsuit on behalf of Rick Scott, which was decided in his favor, involved the Broward County Board of Elections and supervisor Brenda Snipes.
Saturday morning protesters and supporters surrounded the offices of the Broward County board of elections, frequently exchanging angry words and shouts, though so far there have been no altercations.
In light of the controversy surrounding the votes in both Broward and Palm Beach counties, President Trump tweeted on Saturday that Democrats were trying to "steal" the election. RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel also suggested deliberate interference when speaking with
Trying to STEAL two big elections in Florida! We are watching closely!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1541876969.0
"Let me be clear," said Andrew Gillum a short time ago, "I am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromised and unapologetic call that we count every single vote."