Here’s Why Republicans Don’t Want a Florida Recount
The razor-thin margin in Florida’s Senate race has unleashed lawsuits and a frantic race to recount two pivotal counties vote tallies by Thursday. Plus: the fight for Georgia.
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It’s been a week since Election Day, but in two states, the fight over the midterms is only just beginning. Florida is reclaiming its 2000 championship title as America’s disputed-recount king and Georgia isn’t far behind. Are we any closer to a final tally? And who’s suing for what in order to help them get past the finish line?
Deadlines: Under Florida law, elections go to a machine count if the margin of difference between the candidates is less than 0.5 percent. The first set of unofficial results, which were reported Saturday, showed Gov. Rick Scott with a narrow lead of just under 13,000 votes—or a 0.16 percent difference—over incumbent Bill Nelson in the race for a U.S. Senate seat. That’s well under the threshold for a machine recount.