Florida orders a recount, Trump evokes fraud without proof


Florida Saturday ordered a new vote count in the tight elections of the governor of the state and a senator, marked by malfunctions, Donald Trump who evokes frauds without evidence.

The results of this new tally, ordered by the Secretary of State of Florida, Ken Detzner, in application of the texts in force, will have to be transmitted to the local authorities last Thursday at 15:00 local time (20:00 GMT).

For the election of the governor, unofficial results published on Saturday show that Republican Ron DeSantis, supported by Donald Trump, before the Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum, one of the new high-profile faces of the opposition party, only 33,684 votes over 8.2 million votes, 0.41%.

The race between Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and his Republican rival Rick Scott, the current governor of Florida, was even tighter: Scott's advance consisted of 12,562 votes, a margin of 0.15 percentage points (50.07% vs 49.92%).

The weather has been very tense since Tuesday evening in Florida, a state used to stretching and polemics.

After the announcement of a new count, Andrew Gillum returned to Tuesday's speech, in which he acknowledged his defeat, to call "without complexes and without concession" to "count all the votes".

Donald Trump, for his part, has signaled a risk of electoral manipulation, which no evidence can justify at this stage.

"They are trying to see two polls in Florida!", He tweeted the American president, from France, where he took part in the commemoration of the 11 November 1918 armistice. "We follow closely!"

– Memories of 2000 –

Since Tuesday, Donald Trump has repeatedly insinuated that some local Florida officials were trying to scrutinize the results in favor of the Democrats, speaking of "shame for our country and for democracy".

He mainly accused the counties of Broward and Palm Beach, whose voters overtook Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

To make matters worse, the head of Broward County elections, Brenda Snipes, admitted Friday that he had inadvertently mixed some dozens of invalid votes with consistent votes in the count.

Rick Scott's campaign sued Brenda Snipes and his counterpart in Palm Beach County for violating the electoral code.

The other Florida senator, Marco Rubio, whose seat was not at the polls, burned oil by broadcasting a video of a famous conspiracy, in which the newsletters would be smuggled.

In general, it is not so much the small difference in the two surveys as the malfunctions detected during the initial count.

For many specialists, the large number of postal votes would have contributed to clogging up the election machine during these elections.

In addition, according to the Miami Herald, over 25,000 voters have not completed the part of the newsletter dedicated to the appointment of a new senator, fueling the suspicion of a failure, hypothesis refuted by Brenda Snipes.

Almost twenty years ago, the "state of the sun" (solar status, its nickname) had already been discussed during the historic breakdown of the 2000 US presidential election.

Florida then occupied the world's media when only a few votes separated Republican George W. Bush from Democrat Al Gore.

The impressive images of the officials who scrutinize, sometimes with a magnifying glass, one by one, marked the memories.

The trial was finally decided by the United States Supreme Court. The Republican defeated the Democrat in Florida with 537 votes and won the presidential election.

Florida, however, was not the only US state still afflicted by Saturday uncertainty.

In neighboring Georgia, Democratic presidential candidate Stacey Abrams is waiting to count last votes against Republican rival Brian Kemp, who has about 60,000 votes in advance.

In Arizona, he is a poised senator, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema with about 18,000 votes more than his Republican rival Martha McSally, but tens of thousands of newsletters have been exploited on Saturday.


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