Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, as Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk, the U.S. representative to the anti-Islamic State coalition, testified before the committee. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)


When the polls closed in Florida, Rick Scott had a slim lead over incumbent Bill Nelson. With some 8.1 million votes cast, Scott held a lead of nearly 60,000. But as late ballots arrived and were counted, Scott’s lead is now down to about 30,000 and Nelson’s recount manager is predicting Nelson will win.

Florida’s Senate race appears headed for a recount, and the lead lawyer representing Sen. Bill Nelson’s campaign claims he’s “confident” the results will end with a Democratic victory over Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Nelson’s share of the vote has continued to climb since Tuesday night, which ended with the two candidates 57,000 votes apart out of over 8.1 million ballots cast. Scott now leads by just 21,986 votes, of .3 percent of the total share, and ballots are still being counted in Democratic-leaning Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Broward also experienced an “unusual undervote pattern,” Elias said.

Data on the county board of elections site shows that more votes were cast for down-ballot offices like governor, attorney general and even chief financial officer than the top-of-the-ticket Senate race.

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.

Reports that the ballot design, which had the Senate race buried on the lower left corner, threw off some voters would not “cause an undervote of the magnitude we’re seeing,” Elias said.

In fact, Nelson is so confident of winning that Andrew Gillum is considering withdrawing his concession of the election to Ron DeSantis.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is calling foul.

Sadly, this crap is repeated in jurisdiction after jurisdiction and always to the benefit of Democrats. Ballots from two of the largest urban areas in Montana weren’t counted until after the rest of the state. And guess what? Those ballots went heavily for Jon Tester and gave him a victory. Ballots from Maricopa County, AZ, usually a Democratic stronghold, haven’t been fully counted yet and when they are Martha McSally’s victory will be up for grabs. As Rubio points out, vote fraud is a way of life in Broward County but they still run their elections like they want to run them. A mission for the new Attorney General might be a basic voting rights investigation into how these Democrat vote sumps are allowed to wait until everyone else counts their ballots before they count theirs.

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