While the highly democratic South Florida counties were quick to meet Saturday's deadline to signal electoral returns, Republican leader Rick Scott on Democrat Bill Nelson in the US Senate run was reduced to just 12.562 votes out of nearly 8, 2 million votes, ensuring a new count.
Saturday's voting totals showed the margin in the main race in the nation's largest battle state at 0.015%, close enough to trigger a new count from the car. Also hitting that threshold was the run for the governor between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis, who is seated on a slightly larger cushion of 33,684 votes on Gillum.
In the Broward and Palm Beach counties, on Saturday mornings, lawyers on both sides fought for cards where the intent or eligibility of the voter was in doubt as the minutes flowed towards the midday deadline. Scott's narrowing as the vote count continued this week caused litigation and street protests reminiscent of the controversial 2000 election, as well as President Trump's allegations of "election theft".
Scott, who also raised allegations of fraud, used his overbearing Saturday to encourage Florida sheriffs to keep violations of electoral laws.
But the statements by the president and governor were interrupted on Saturday by the Florida State Department, which stated in a statement that "there is no evidence of criminal activity at this time." The department, which oversees the elections, sent two observers to observe Tuesday's vote in Broward County as a result of a lawsuit mistreatment in a Congressional run in 2016.
A state department spokeswoman, Sarah Revell, said observers were sent to "monitor election administration, including polling stations throughout the day as needed, and observing the electoral equipment preparation and procedures for the elections". Monitors have continued to monitor the vote count this week.
Nelson accused Scott of using the power of his office to try and secure his victory in the Senate. Earlier this week, the governor called for state law enforcement to investigate polls in South Florida – a research that the state agency has so far refused to start because the state department does not has filed no charges of fraud.
Under Florida law, a statewide machine is repeated when the victory margin is less than 0.5% and a manual recount is required if the margin is less than 0.25%. The governor's race does not seem to meet the manual recount standard, according to Saturday's count.
A manual recount is defined as "a hand-counting of survivors and subtasts set apart from the machine recount", centered on cards in which voters have skipped a race or voted for two candidates in a race.
Officials on both sides have focused much of their anger on Brenda Snipes, election supervisor in Broward County, the second largest county of Forida and the "suspended chad" site and other electoral irregularities during the 2000 presidential recount .
In a short interview, Snipes wiped out the criticism. "It's a bit like a hurricane, where things get excited for a while and then passes," he said. "I do not know when it will pass, but it will be."
The battle is also taking place at the national level, as Scott's campaign predicted that Senator Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) Would complain of the vote count in a call with journalists. He compared the situation in Florida with the controversial confirmation of Supreme Court Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.
Graham encouraged Scott to report to Washington next week for the orientation of the new senators, regardless of the recount. "If the recount goes, the recount goes," Graham said.
Campaign director Scott Jackie Schutz Zeckman said the governor's team is still working on his program.
Sean Sullivan contributed to this relationship.