Voting votes are due in Florida's hotly contested election

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Florida Republican candidate governor Ron DeSantis, on the left, shakes hands with candidate Democratic governor Andrew Gillum after a CNN debate on Sunday, October 21, 2018, in Tampa, Florida.

The unofficial vote of the Florida elections was due at midday on Saturday, which could have rediscovered the highly disputed contests for US governor and senate.

The stakes were the Senate race between the Republican government Rick Scott and the incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. The governor's race between former Republican US Rep. Ron DeSantis and the Democratic mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum, could also face a recount.

The reports reflect a deeply divided electorate in a state that will play a critical role in the 2020 elections and determine whether Nelson will return to Washington for a fourth term or that the Republicans will take the majority in the Senate.

Gillum gave DeSantis Tuesday evening, but when the results began to decline, he said that every vote should be worth. DeSantis spoke little of the recount and is instead proceeding as if he had won the election, appointing a transition team and preparing to take office in January.

The battle for Nelson's Senate seat was much more heated, with both sides filing lawsuits and exchanging verbal blows. Scott said that Nelson is trying to steal the election, while Nelson is accusing Scott of trying to stop the electoral authorities from counting every vote. President Donald Trump weighed on Scott's behalf, defining the situation as "a disgrace".

Scott had asked the Florida Law Department to investigate the electoral departments in Broward and Palm Beach counties in South Florida after his advantage had shrunk into card counting that continued throughout the week. However, a spokesperson for the agency said on Friday that there were no credible allegations of fraud; therefore, no active investigation.

The governor, meanwhile, filed lawsuits in both counties looking for more information on how their votes were counted. Nelson filed his federal lawsuit Friday, trying to postpone Saturday's deadline to present unofficial election results.

The judges sided with Scott in Friday sentencing sentences by ordering election supervisors in the two counties to release information on the ballot count required by the governor.

Meanwhile, the Broward Canvassing Board met on Friday to review the votes initially considered ineligible. Campaign lawyers, journalists and citizens crowded in a room to watch the proceedings.

Scott's advantage fell on Friday evening to 0.18 percentage points, an advantage of less than 15,000 on nearly 8.2 million votes cast, below the threshold for a recount. The Florida law requires a recount of the car when the margin of the main candidate is 0.5 percentage points or less, and a hand recount if it is 0.25 or less.

In the race for the governor, DeSantis took the lead by 0.43 percentage points on Friday.

A third race in the state that could go to a recount – the race of the commissioner for agriculture between the democrat Nikki Fried and the Republican Matt Caldwell – is the narrowest of all, with Fried holding an advantage of 3,120 votes , a margin of 0.039 percent.


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