Florida is heading for a recount as votes still trickling in from Tuesday’s election are narrowing the divide between Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Bill Nelson in the race for Florida’s Senate seat.
Two Florida counties, Broward and Palm Beach, are still tallying up results from Tuesday. Scott claims they needed to turn in those results earlier and that the county officials are corrupt.
“We don’t know how many more votes they’re gonna come up with but it sure appears they’re gonna find as many votes as it takes to try to win this election,” Scott told Sean Hannity on Thursday. “We won. I’m gonna be the U.S. Senator, I’m gonna fight this all the way.”
He added on Twitter that he “will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to seal this election from the people of Florida.”
ICYMI: Last night I spoke with @seanhannity about the disturbing corruption by Palm Beach and Broward election officials. I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election from the people of Florida.https://t.co/6jQ1AxG2XY
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) November 9, 2018
Tallahassee mayor and Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum fired back, stating that there was nothing wrong with making sure every vote was counted. “Counting votes isn’t partisan — it’s democracy,” he wrote on Twitter.
Mr. @FLGovScott — counting votes isn't partisan — it's democracy.
Count every vote.
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) November 9, 2018
According to the Washington Post, counting votes in Broward County has been an issue in multiple elections, including the 2000 presidential election. But Republicans could be especially worried about Broward since it’s a major Democratic county and the additional votes filing in could work against Scott’s favor.
Currently, the votes between Scott and Nelson are just below the 0.5 percent gap needed for an official recount. Scott called Nelson’s pursuit of a recount “sad” and “desperate,” even though it’s mandated by Florida law.