The Republicans, Donald Trump in the lead, and the Democrats blamed themselves on Friday for the still uncertain election results in Florida, three days after the legislature, a controversy that recalls the historical tangle of the American presidential elections of 2000.
"It's shameful what's happening in Florida," Donald Trump snapped in front of the cameras.
By weighing all of his presidential authority in a result that has not yet been officially announced after Tuesday's parliamentary election, he also said that the Republican candidate for the Florida Senate, Rick Scott, "won easily".
The count is still ongoing.
"In a democracy, nobody, not even the president, can prevent the legal counting of votes," said the head of Democratic senators, Chuck Schumer. "We will not allow anyone else to steal this election".
Florida looks set to be counted again in the next few days, as the gap between Scott and outgoing Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is tight, at 0.18 percentage points on Friday, with less than 15,000 votes in a state of California. 21 million inhabitants.
A similar scenario upsets the elections for the Florida governorate.
In this case, Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum admitted his defeat on Tuesday evening for the first time.
But he has since learned that many cards have yet to be counted, which could change the narrow margin – 0.44 points, and 36.165 votes on Friday – separating him from the Republican Ron DeSantis.
Local authorities have until midday to communicate the interim results. If the difference is less than 0.5 points, a new count will be automatically ordered. If it is less than 0.25 points, this new count should be done by hand.
It will be necessary to wait before having official results in this same Florida that had occupied the media all over the world in the year 2000, when only a few votes separated Republican George W. Bush of the Democrat Al Gore for the presidential one.
Surprising images of scrutinizing officials, sometimes with a magnifying glass, one after another marked the bulletins.
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.
But this time, local authorities are obliged to provide a final result on 18 November.
– Georgia and Arizona –
In neighboring Georgia, the Democratic candidate for governorship, Stacey Abrams, refused Tuesday to grant defeat to Republican Brian Kemp, until all votes were counted.
"You mean they're getting votes right now in Florida and Georgia while the election was held on Tuesday?" He asked Donald Trump on Twitter. Brian Kemp "won".
For his part, Rick Scott, still in his governorate of Florida, announced on Thursday evening that he had filed a complaint against the electoral officials who denounced a "rampant fraud".
The angry protesters pro-Scott gathered before an election commission on Friday.
But no fraud investigation was opened Friday night, the Florida authorities told AFP.
"We do not find votes," said outgoing Democratic Senator Bill Nelson. "They were counted."
He also initiated a lawsuit to prevent the rejection of thousands of newsletter sent by post.
Judging by the declarations of "irresponsible" Republican officials, David Lublin, a professor of political science at the American University, rejects the idea of manipulation.
The vote count, which includes dozens of categories and also arrives in large numbers by mail, still takes time in the United States. And in states where the results are tight like in Florida, every vote counts, so you have to wait.
The same reasoning applies to Arizona, where voters can still make a radical change in their senator's choice, while more than 260,000 votes have not been counted on Friday night.
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema surprised by taking Republican Martha McSally, whose victory seemed assured on Tuesday.
Kyrsten Sinema brought more than 20,000 votes on Friday night. A new voting point is scheduled for Saturday.
If the Democrats finally win here and in Florida, the Republican majority in the Senate will remain assured but will be shorter than expected.