2018 elections

Sam Turken / WLRN News

At the end of election day on Tuesday, it appeared that Democrat Nikki Fried had lost to Republican Matt Caldwell for the Florida Cabinet post of agriculture commissioner.

Saturday, after late vote tallies in Broward and other counties showed she was actually ahead by 5,326 votes, Fried claimed victory and started working on a transition.

Sam Turken / WLRN

A heated controversy over Broward County’s vote-counting process intensified over the weekend as the county met a noon deadline on Saturday to send the state its final election results. 

With three tight statewide races now headed for recounts, dozens of Democrats flocked to the Broward elections office on Saturday to demand that every vote be counted. They confronted Republican demonstrators who, without evidence, have accused embattled election supervisor Brenda Snipes of election fraud.

Associated Press

Democrat Andrew Gillum has withdrawn his concession in the Florida gubernatorial race following a recount.

"I am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromised and unapologetic call that we count every single vote," Gillum said at a press conference in Tallahassee on Saturday.

Associated Press

After the drama of election night and fierce battles about counting votes, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Saturday ordered recounts in high-stakes races for U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner.

The orders, along with recounts slated in three legislative districts, were no surprise: State law requires “machine” recounts when the margins between candidates are 0.5 percent or less. As local officials continued to count ballots after Tuesday’s election, it became clear that all six of the races would fall under that requirement.

Sam Turken / WLRN

A backlash to the tightening governor and senate races grew on Friday as dozens of angry Republican voters rallied outside the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office where provisional ballots were still under review.

Associated Press

Matt Caldwell, the Republican candidate for agriculture commissioner, and his campaign filed a lawsuit Friday against Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes that calls for the rejection of all vote-by-mail ballots received at the elections office after 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The lawsuit, filed in Broward County circuit court, said Snipes hasn’t released numbers of ballots that came in after the deadline and asks the court to determine if Snipes illegally included ballots after polls closed Tuesday.

Alan Diaz AP

It may be more than a week until clear winners emerge in several statewide elections in Florida, including the race for U.S. Senator and Governor.

Ballots are still being counted in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, and the supervisors of elections there have until noon Saturday to submit final results to the secretary of state.

Less than .5% separates the candidates in both races, which automatically triggers a machine recount under Florida law. If the margin of victory is 0.25% of below, the recount will be by hand.

Caitie Switalski / WLRN News

Florida is once again counting ballots.

 

The election has lasted three more days in at least three major statewide races: U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner. They’re likely heading for recounts because of close margins.

Getty images via Miami Herald

Standing on the front porch of the Governor’s Mansion, candidate Rick Scott accused “unethical liberals” of plotting to steal a U.S. Senate seat from him to save Democrat Bill Nelson’s hide.

An alert calling reporters to a Thursday night announcement came from Scott’s Senate campaign, not his state office. The place: the official state residence, a taxpayer-funded site traditionally off-limits to all partisan political activity.

Three tight races in Florida could be heading for a recount. As election officials were still scrambling to count ballots on Friday, it appeared that the races for U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner were close enough to trigger recounts.

Senator Bill Nelson’s campaign and the Democratic Executive Committee of Florida have filed a lawsuit against the state’s Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, challenging the rejection of vote-by-mail and provisional ballots based on voter signatures.

President Trump Vows To Send Lawyers Amid Ballot Counting

Nov 9, 2018
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President Donald Trump tweeted Friday he’s sending lawyers to expose “fraud” in Broward County as ballots continue to be counted ahead of a noon Saturday deadline for canvassing boards to submit unofficial results from Tuesday’s election.

Updated at 4:20 p.m. ET

Days after midterm voting, as ballots are still being counted, Republican lawmakers who are holding on to tight leads in midterm states are alleging foul play and voter fraud. The claims were amplified by President Trump, without evidence, on Friday morning.

WFSU

In Florida when a race is close a candidate cannot “call for a recount.” Instead, it all comes down to math. If any candidates are within half a percentage of each other, Florida law requires a recount. Right now that’s the case for the U.S. Senate race, as well as the contests for state agriculture commissioner and governor.

Health Care Not An Elixir For Florida Democrats

Nov 9, 2018

Florida Democrats pushed health care as a top priority during this year’s elections, hammering Republicans for attempts to repeal Obamacare and the potential loss of insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

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