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Bill Nelson had narrowed to less than 15,000 votes after Scott was ahead by 57,000 at the close of Election Night on Tuesday.

I want you to know that every step of this way, even though I won't have the blessing of serving as the next governor of the state of Florida, I still plan to be on the front lines, right alongside every single one of you, when it comes to standing up for what it is that we believe in. Late Thursday, Scott announced that he has sued Snipes and Broward's elections office and asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate as "unethical liberals try to steal this election from the people of Florida".

A crowd of about 100 activists organized outside the Lauderhill strip mall that houses Brenda Snipes' elections operations off US 441, railing about illegal votes and stolen elections.

Two major contests in the southeastern state, for governor and US Senate, hung in the balance on Friday, three days after the contentious midterm elections that saw Democrats seize control of the House of Representatives from President Donald Trump's Republicans.

Florida is once again at the center of election controversy, but this year there are no hanging chads or butterfly ballots, like in 2000.

Meanwhile, the Democratic candidate for governor in neighboring Georgia was threatening legal action to ensure all votes were counted in her contest.

The developments looked set to raise partisan tensions to fresh highs 48 hours after polls closed in United States midterm elections that saw Democrats seize control of the House of Representatives, while Republicans maintained their grip on the Senate.

Both Scott and Nelson sought to get the courts to intervene.

But as of November 9 afternoon, Scott is still about 15,000 votes ahead.

Unofficial results show Gillum trailing Ron DeSantis, a Trump-endorsed Republican, by just 38,515 votes out of 8.1 million cast, or 0.47 percentage points.

The Nelson team now has officials in every county in the state monitoring votes, starting in Palm Beach County where the campaign thinks there are as many as 10,000 ballots that were mismarked or have other marks on the page that did not allow them to be read by voting machines and, therefore, not counted. Our campaign, along with our attorney Barry Richard, is monitoring the situation closely and is ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount.

When the Florida's secretary of state verifies the first unofficial count on Saturday afternoon, and the winning candidate's margin is less than 0.5 percentage points, a recount is mandatory.

Florida law requires a machine recount when the leading candidate's margin is 0.5 percentage points or less, and a hand recount if it's 0.25 or less.

The camera ban prompted an attorney for NBC Universal to interrupt the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board and object to the meeting, calling it "illegal".

Lawyers for Snipes argued that requiring such a swift response would interfere with ongoing efforts to finish counting Broward County ballots.

Reporters repeatedly assured Bucher that they were filming the board members from a safe distance as they examined ballots and decided whether to toss or count them.

Kemp is now on 50.3 percent of the vote. Analysts later said the new redesign may have confused voters and probably cost Gore votes.

In the Arizona Senate race, meanwhile, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema - now a congresswoman - had pulled ahead to 932,870 votes against 923,260 for her opponent, Martha McSally, a Republican congresswoman. If the margin is less than 0.25 per cent, the recount must be done by hand.


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