By: Brian Evans
After the 2018 Midterm election results came in on Tuesday night, Rick Scott was declared the winner of the Florida Senate seat. However, just like in the 2000 election, Democrats embraced a statewide re-count by the following morning.
Currently, after 100% of the precincts reporting in, Bill Nelson lost by nearly 35,000 votes. However, Nelson announced in a statement on Wednesday morning, that he was embracing a state-wide recount. He said in a statement….
“We are proceeding to a recount. Unofficial results show U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson narrowly trailing GOP candidate Rick Scott by a little more than just 34,500 votes. That’s less than one-half percentage point difference, state law requires a recount when candidates are within one-half point.”
Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Currently, State laws triggers an automatic recount if the margin is 0.5% or less, and Rick Scott won by 0.42%.
To make matters even more frustrating, involves the fact that if the recount drops below .25%, there will then be a third count by hand, similar to the infamous ‘hanging-chad’ recount of 2000, between former President George W. Bush and Al Gore.
Reports circulating throughout the media said that Nelson had conceded to Scott on Tuesday night, but nothing definitive. Now, it appears that it could be days or possibly several weeks before a victor will be declared. Furthermore, unless there was a MASSIVE TABULATION ERROR somewhere in Florida, Nelson’s chances of overcoming the 34,700 vote lead is miniscule, if not non-existent. Also, being Florida is counted by machine, the chance of the same winner is phenomenally high, so the outcome is incredibly certain that Republicans will keep control of Florida’s Senate seat.