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Florida's close Senate goes to manual recount



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida's protracted Senate election conducted a manual recount, the next phase of an increasingly bitter and processional struggle, while the Republicans reaffirmed victory in the governor's race.

State machine counting ended at 3 pm on Thursday with Republican Governor Rick Scott, who led the established Democratic Senate Bill Nelson at less than a quarter of a percentage point, within the margin that legally triggers a manual recount.

Mr. Scott led more than 56,000 votes on Election Night on November 6, but on Thursday afternoon, that gap had dropped to 12,603.

A few counties were unable to submit machine reports. Susan Bucher, the Palm Beach County Election Commissioner, accused her of aging voting equipment that was malfunctioning because she had to walk 24 hours a day. She said the work could have been completed in three to four hours.

"It got overheated like an old car," she said about the voting machines at the federal court on Thursday.

The state did not accept Broward's counties Counting machine numbers add up because they were filed two minutes late and instead went back to the county's previous unofficial record.

A federal judge denied a Democratic demand that the state extend the deadlines for manual and machine recounting The court held a hearing on the possibility of extending Palm Beach County's deadline on Thursday.

Countywide statewide election officials now have until Sunday to check over and under-elections, ballots that a machine has marked as having too many or too few selections in the race. The officials will try to interpret the voters' intentions based on the marks they left on the ballots, a scenario that draws on the 2000 Florida president's reporting and his notorious Hanging Men.

Mr. Nelson pushes his fight on several fronts and challenges the policies of the state, which determine the counties to determine the intentions of a voter during a manual recount.

The governor's contest between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis has not been manually recalculated in the meantime, as Thursday's results showed Mr. DeSantis a solid lead of almost 34,000 votes. The leadership of Mr. DeSantis had remained stable over the past week.

"I remain humbled by your support and the great honor shown to me by the people of Florida as I prepare to be your next governor," Mr DeSantis said in a statement on Thursday.

Mr. Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, said he would not admit, even though he had done so on election night. "As today's unofficial reports and recent lawsuits make clear, there are tens of thousands of votes that still have to be counted," he said in a statement. "We plan to do everything possible to ensure that every voice is heard in this process."

The manual recount will begin when Democrats and Republicans continue their legal disputes over voting. Mr. Nelson's campaign filed another lawsuit in the US federal court Thursday demanding the census of all Palm Beach County polls.

A federal judge has ordered on Thursday that Floridians, whose mail-in and provisional votes for signatures of the signature were rejected until Saturday, to try to verify their votes. Mr Scott appealed against this decision and was rejected.

Corrections & Reinforcements
All races in Florida that are not more than a quarter of a percentage point after a Thursday deadline will be manually recalculated. In an earlier version of this article, the margin was specified incorrectly. (November 1

5, 2018) -Alex Leary and Arian Campo-Flores contributed to this article.

Letter to Andrew Duehren to andrew.duehren@wsj.com

Published on November 16, 2018 in the print edition "Florida Race Gets Manual Recount."


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