Gov. Scott: Election officials trying to thwart will of Florida voters

Marco Rubio: Democrats Are Trying to Steal Florida Senate Race by Counting All the Votes

Accusations of fraud as Florida Senate race between Rick Scott and Bill Nelson appears headed to a recount; reaction and analysis on 'The Five'. Nelson's lawyer called that race a "jump ball" - though Scott's campaign urged Nelson to concede.

Scott now leads Nelson by only 15,000 votes, well under the threshold for an automatic recount to be triggered under state law.

Joe Scarborough believes that Florida Senator Marco Rubio is "concocting a conspiracy theory" created to suppress votes from being counted in two very close races in Florida. Campaign spokesperson Dan McLaughlin said, "The goal here is to see that all the votes in Florida are counted and counted accurately".

But nowhere is the chaos more dramatic than in Florida, where two major South Florida counties - Broward and Palm Beach - have yet to count thousands of votes.

"Late Tuesday night, our win was projected to be around 57,000 votes", Scott explained to reporters.

One could also be issued in the tight gubernatorial race between the victor, GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat. She was researching the subject Thursday. A margin of 0.5 of 1 percent should trigger a machine recount; a margin of 0.25 percent launches a hand recount.

The Associated Press has called the governor's race for DeSantis.

A lawyer for Nelson, Marc Elias, said in a call with reporters Friday that the canvass underway in Broward and elsewhere in Florida is a "feature, not a flaw, of our democratic system" to be sure all valid votes are counted.

The Republican Party on Friday sent an email fundraising appeal under Trump's name based on the Florida Senate race.

Gillum's campaign said it's monitoring the situation with an elections lawyer and readying for a possible state-mandated recount. These same two Democratic-leaning counties proved problematic in providing voter returns in the 2000 presidential election when Republican George W. Bush narrowly defeated Democrat Al Gore in a historic recount. Gillum conceded to his opponent, Ron DeSantis, on Tuesday, but as more votes have been counted the race has narrowed.

The Nelson campaign's suit said the process is "standardless, inconsistent, and unreliable" and leads to "disproportionate rejection of VBM [vote by mail] and provisional ballots cast by ethnic and racial minorities, as well as young, first-time voters".

State Sen. Nikema Williams, Georgia director for the group Care In Action, says at least 2,000 people across the nation are involved in the effort to ensure that Georgia votes are counted. "There's not a lot of room for strategy", Richard said.

Scott's complaint against Bucher alleges that officials illegally refused to allow Republicans, or any witnesses, to monitor the Palm Beach county's handling of damaged absentee ballots. As of Thursday night, more than 400,000 ballots still had not been counted, because about 75 percent of Arizona voters cast their ballots by mail.

Broward County is at the center of the controversy in part because almost 25,000 more votes were cast for governor than for the Senate, a discrepancy larger than the current margin between Nelson and Scott.

The news stood in stark contrast to the apparent posturing of the opposite by Republican officials who were complaining that Snipes, who is overseeing vote tabulation, was working to give votes to Democratic candidates in the Senate and gubernatorial elections.

"And Rick Scott who won by, you know it was close, but he won by a comfortable margin, every couple of hours it goes down a little bit", he added.

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