Florida Gov. Rick Scott beat incumbent Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson for the U.S. Senate seat by just 0.2 percent, according to the New York Times, prompting a vote recount. But two familiar Democrat-run counties are running into issues with that — Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
Conservative Fox News commentator Judge Jeanine Pirro pointed out on Saturday that not only did those two counties become the focus of the famous Bush-Gore election recount of 2000, but Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes has refused a judge’s order to “turn over records detailing how she counts and collects ballots.” Thousands of ballots have apparently gone missing in Broward as well.
On top of that, another judge also ruled recently that Snipes violated the law in destroying a bunch of ballots that were under investigation in 2016. Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, meanwhile, said “it’s impossible” for her county to meet Thursday’s deadline for a completed recount.
This also affects the tight race between Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum to be the new Florida governor. DeSantis is ahead of Gillum by 0.4 percent of the votes, according to the New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/florida-governor, and Gillum, who conceded to DeSantis on election night, has pulled back his concession.
In the meantime, the Washington Examiner believes Scott and Nelson may both travel to D.C. this week to lay claim to the same Senate seat. It’s been confirmed that Scott is, and Nelson said he’s not ready to give up the seat he’s been sitting in for 18 years.
Now, Scott can’t vote on the Senate floor yet, but he is planning to vote in the Republican’s leadership elections in the Senate. Nelson may do the same in the Democrat’s leadership elections. He has not conceded the election to Scott.
“I’m so disappointed in Bill Nelson,” Scott told Fox News host Sean Hannity over the weekend.
Scott, who is still the current Florida governor, said on Sunday that “We’ve filed emergency motions and complaints in Broward and Palm Beach counties to ensure that we continue to do everything possible to prevent fraud and ensure this recount is operated responsibly.”
Scott also wanted to “impound and secure” all Broward voting machines after they’re done being used for the recount, but a judge turned down his request, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Instead, the judge added three Broward County Sheriff’s deputies to the group of observers scrutinizing the recount.
Former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush called for the firing of Snipes, writing on Twitter, “There is no question that Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes failed to comply with Florida law on multiple counts, undermining Floridians’ confidence in our electoral process. Supervisor Snipes should be removed from her office following the recounts.”
Politico reporter Marc Caputo believes Snipes will be out of a job soon if Scott and DeSantis get into the new offices after all this is said and done.
President Trump had this to say about the Florida debacle on Twitter Monday: “The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged. An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!