As recount continues, Nelson returns to Senate

As recount continues, Nelson returns to Senate 

Posted: 3:38 pm Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

By Jamie Dupree

As elections supervisors continued with their recount of the votes in Florida’s race for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) returned to Capitol Hill and called for Gov. Rick Scott (R) to recuse himself from oversight of any new developments in Nelson’s race for re-election.

“Mr. Scott cannot oversee the process,” Nelson said to reporters just off the floor of the U.S. Senate. “People must have confidence in the integrity of the election.”

Flanked by Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, Nelson said the goal was simple, “to make sure that every lawful vote” is counted.

Schumer said if that happens, “Senator Nelson has an excellent chance of being re-elected.”

After the initial count – which was dominated by charges that elections supervisors in Palm Beach and Broward counties had not followed Florida election law in how to deal with damaged ballots – Scott led Nelson by close to 13,500 votes.

Just as Nelson blasted Scott, the Governor’s campaign returned the fire as well on Tuesday.

“For them, this isn’t about following the law and it isn’t about having a free and fair election,” Scott’s campaign told reporters in a statement.

Scott was backed up again today by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who again claimed that lawyers for the Democratic Party were trying to “steal” the Florida elections for Senate and Governor, as Rubio also took aim at elections officials in Palm Beach and Broward counties in south Florida.

“Demanding they follow law isn’t effort to stop vote count, its effort to stop law breaking,” Rubio wrote in a series of stinging posts on Twitter.

While the politicians and parties slugged it out in public, the work continued across Florida to recount the votes, as elections officials face a Thursday deadline.

While questions have been raised about whether Palm Beach and Broward counties can meet that, other county elections supervisors indicated they were making progress.

In Congress, both sides offered their vocal support to their candidate, as Republicans called for Nelson to concede defeat, while Democrats urged Nelson to fight on, and make sure all legal ballots are counted.

“What we’ve seen in Florida, and especially in Georgia, is a national disgrace,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

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