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2018 Elections Tag

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) has conceded to Florida Governor Rick Scott (R).  Scott will become Florida's junior senator, making this the first time in over a century that Florida has had two Republican senators.  This flipped Senate seat will also strengthen the Republican majority in the Senate to 52-48.  Prior to the midterms, the GOP held a slightly slimmer majority of 51-49. Scott announced that Nelson, who has held public office since 1972, conceded in a phone call Sunday after the second mandatory recount showed Scott leading by approximately 10,000 votes.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker upheld Florida law that "forbids county election offices from counting vote-by-mail ballots received after 7 p.m. Election Day." This was the last best hope for Democrats after suffering several setbacks in recent days, including Florida Governor Rick Scott gaining over 800 votes in the mandatory recount, yet as of this writing Nelson has yet to concede.

Georgia's Democrat governor candidate Stacey Abrams' campaign has started to prepare to push for a new election for the governor's race. The campaign's argument in court "would be that as many as 18,000 voters could have been disenfranchised." From the Associated Press:
The Democrat’s longshot strategy relies on a statute that’s never been used in such a high-stakes contest. It is being discussed as Georgia elections officials appear to be on the cusp of certifying Republican Brian Kemp as the winner of a bitterly fought campaign that’s been marred by charges of electoral malfeasance.

More than a week after the election and we finally have a winner in Florida's Governor race -- Republican Ron DeSantis was declared the winner by enough of a margin to stave off a hand recount. The results won't be certified until next week, which is a little concerning given the shenanigans we've seen during the recount process.

The Florida recount drama continues as Palm County Beach missed the 3PM ET deadline due to faulty machines. Broward County managed to make the deadline at the last minute. Florida has posted the results. It looks like Republican Ron DeSantis will win over Democrat Andrew Gillum, who refuses to concede. The race between incumbent Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Rick Scott fell at the 0.15% margin so the state has ordered a hand recount.

You think it's chaos in Florida, but have you looked at the Georgia governor race? If Republican Brian Kemp defeats Democrat Stacey Abrams, you can expect a war. The Democrats have prepared to scream STOLEN ELECTION if Kemp wins. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has added fuel to this fire along with failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). All of this has come to light after a judge ruled on an Abram's lawsuit that favors both candidates, which caused both campaign's to yell victory.

Why, Florida? WHY?! Just when it looked like Palm Beach County had better sailing than Broward County, news comes out that aging equipment has overheated and caused mismatched results. From The Miami Herald:
The county’s decade-old ballot-counting machines overheated and gave incorrect totals, forcing the county to restart its recount of about 175,000 early votes, supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said Tuesday night.