Republicans Score Major Upsets in Florida

Friday, 09 Nov, 2018

Gillum's campaign is now hedging on their candidate's Tuesday night concession of the race to DeSantis.

Gillum's campaign said it's monitoring the situation with an elections lawyer and preparing for a possible state-mandated recount. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). The margin of victory in that race has narrowed to 0.22 percent, which places it in manual recount territory.

Detzner told county election officials on November 8 to prepare for statewide recounts, according to The Tampa Bay Times. Those issues, which were already bubbling up throughout the primary, were escalated by DeSantis when he went on Fox News a day after becoming the nominee to warn Florida voters not to "monkey this up" by electing Gillum.

DeSantis won by over 55,000 votes (.68 percent) in the intial vote count-very close to triggering a recount.

The most high-profile recount possibility so far, however, is in the Senate race. Both are heavily Democratic. In the Senate race, Scott led Nelson by more than 30,000 votes out of more than 8.1 million cast.

The race was the much-anticipated match-up of the ideological wings of each of the major political parties, with DeSantis representing the GOP base that backed Trump, Gillum representing the activist grassroots element of the Democratic Party. Elias said it was odd that the undervoting was happening at the top of the ticket, rather than downballot.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, the Broward elections office counted 22,000 ballots on Wednesday. Endorsed by socialist Bernie Sanders, Gillum wants to raise the Florida corporate tax rate and minimum wage, and he has made exorbitant promises to raise teacher salaries and expand Medicaid in Florida. Her rival, Republican Brian Kemp, won 50.4 percent of the vote to Abrams' 48.7 percent.

Even if Nelson had conceded, state law would have required the recount anyway. "I'm simply saying the racists believe he's a racist", Gillum said. A recount is automatically triggered if the margin drops below 0.5 points.

"Since that time, it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported", Cervone said. DeSantis led Gillum by 42,938 or.52 percent. When DeSantis was asked about the Horowitz conferences during an October debate, his angry reaction created one of the campaign's viral moments.

All eyes were on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum on Thursday, as vote margins in Florida's close contests for governor and Senate tightened.

In the meantime, Democratic Agricultural Commissioner candidate Nikki Fried has pulled ahead of seeming victor Matt Caldwell by just 582 votes. "I think you're going to get exhausted of me calling, asking for things for Florida".

Florida voters fill in paper ballots by hand using a pen and no longer cast the punch-card ballots that produced the infamous "hanging chads" in the 2000 presidential election.

These ballots are the last to be counted and are verified by county canvassing boards.

He said that he had called Rep. DeSantis to concede.