Protesters gather outside Broward Elections HQ as possible recount looms

"It's always crooked stuff", Trump said. In a call with reporters on Friday, Elias jokingly thanked Scott for the free publicity. But Florida's ballot chaos - rife with intrigue and Trump's accusation of abuse by officials in Democrat-heavy counties - raises fresh questions about why the world's most powerful democracy is incapable of producing swift and accurate election results across all 50 states.

"The reason why he feels that way is obvious: we believe when every legal ballot is counted we'll win this election", Nelson said in a statement.

Murphy, who swapped his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat in 2011, served in the U.S. House 2013-17. Republicans expanded their two-seat advantage in the Senate.

For this and other reasons, lawyers for Nelson and Gillum chose to call on the state of Florida to honor its statutory obligation to perform a recount. That's why Governor Rick Scott, who is running to unseat Democratic Sen.

Previous claims of widespread voter fraud, including Trump's claim that millions of people voted illegally in 2016, are considered false by voting experts.

A spokeswoman says state law enforcement officials in Florida have not launched any elections-fraud allegations. As of Thursday afternoon, DeSantis led Gillum by a percentage point of 0.47. A recount is mandatory if the winning candidate's margin is less than 0.5 percentage points when the first unofficial count is verified Saturday by Florida's secretary of state.

7News cameras captured the chaotic scene after supporters of DeSantis' Democratic opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, showed up in front of the Lauderhill building to demand that every ballot is counted.

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. Sinema held a slight lead over McSally.

After the leads by Republican candidates began to shrink to levels that could force recounts, the president on Friday joined in the partisan attack against Snipes, tweeting in part that Broward County has "miraculously started finding Democrat votes".

Abrams is vying to become the first black woman elected as governor of a U.S. state.

"You mean they are just now finding votes in Florida and Georgia - but the Election was on Tuesday?" He denied the charge. The race remained too close to call with at least 400,000 ballots still uncounted.

Neither Scott nor any other Republicans have pointed to specific malfeasance in this election, let alone evidence of fraud, beyond the slow vote count.

Abrams' voter turnout strategy depended heavily on absentee and early voting, and her campaign manager Laruen Groh-Wargo said there isn't enough time to wait for more ballot counting and litigation if they have to replicate that effort. "Voters in one county are subject to one standard for reviewing signatures than others".

Scott filed two lawsuits on Thursday against the supervisors of elections in Broward and Palm Beach counties, the Miami Herald reported. Snipes and Bucher did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Scott said he has asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the Florida midterm elections.

A Broward County judge has ordered the immediate release of voter information sought by Florida Gov. Rick Scott from the county's supervisor of elections.

  • Leroy Wright