Florida Republican Won Messy Senate Recount

Florida Republican Won Messy Senate Recount

Florida Republican Won Messy Senate Recount

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has won the close and tense Florida race for US Senate over the incumbent, Sen. Bill Nelson, after a hand recount ended on Sunday.

The state is slated to certify the results on Tuesday, putting to bed a messy post-election dispute involving a dozen lawsuits, claims of fraud, allegations of disenfranchisement, and rowdy protests.

The official results Sunday put Scott, a Republican, up 50.05% to 49.93% over Nelson, a Democrat. That represents a difference of about 10,000 votes in a race where well over 8 million people voted.

“Public office is a public trust,” Nelson said in a taped concession statement aired on television Sunday afternoon, “but I was not victorious in this race.”

Scott’s campaign announced just a little before that Nelson had called to concede the race.

“I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of public service,” Scott said in a statement.

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, who has been targeted for criticism over how she’s handled the election, gathered with her staff shortly before Sunday’s deadline in the elections supervisor’s voting equipment warehouse, where the machine and manual recounts took place over the past week. Full Story

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