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Rubio warns of Dem lawyers ‘descending on Florida’ to ‘try and steal’ Senate and Governor races

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If Gillum gets in because of this, there should be not only a recount, but an investigation. Gillum is very close to terror-tied jihad group CAIR, and has aligned himself with several prominent antisemitic organizations known for promoting boycotts of Jewish goods and individuals. Gillum’s ties to such groups set him apart from DeSantis, who has been firmly pro-Israel in Congress and has vowed to block Israel boycotts as Florida’s governor. The state is home to a large contingent of Jewish voters, who should have helped tip the vote in DeSantis’ favor. How was this even a contest?

“Rubio warns of Dem lawyers ‘descending on Florida’ to ‘try and steal’ key statewide races,” by Gregg Re, Fox News, November 8, 2018 (thanks to Mark):

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday charged that two Democrat-controlled counties in the state, in possible violation of election law, have been reporting a “slow drip” of tens of thousands of additional ballots favorable to several Democratic candidates for statewide office, including incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson.

Liberal lawyers, Rubio said in an extraordinary series of tweets that alleged incompetence if not outright complicity by Florida officials, are “descending on” the state in a calculated attempt to “change the results” and “try and steal” races for Senate and agriculture commissioner.

Rubio’s explosive posts come as a recount now appears imminent in Florida’s high-profile gubernatorial contest between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis, based on new vote totals — even though Gillum has already conceded.

“Florida law requires counties report early voting & vote-by-mail within 30 minutes after polls close,” Rubio wrote on Twitter. “43 hours after polls closed 2 Democrat strongholds #BrowardCounty & #PalmBeachCounty are still counting & refusing to disclose how many ballots they have left to count.”

Florida statutes mandate that the “canvassing board shall report all early voting and all tabulated vote-by-mail results to the Department of State within 30 minutes after the polls close” and that “thereafter, the canvassing board shall report, with the exception of provisional ballot results, updated precinct election results to the department at least every 45 minutes until all results are completely reported.”

The state code continues, “The supervisor of elections shall notify the department immediately of any circumstances that do not permit periodic updates as required.”

Vote totals in several major races in the state are changing rapidly, on an irregular schedule and sometimes late into the evening. GOP Senate candidate Rick Scott, also Florida’s governor, was ahead of Nelson by roughly one-fourth of one percentage point as of Thursday morning, according to The Tampa Bay Times. The paper also said the agriculture commissioner candidates were separated by only 0.06 points. That race flipped in favor of the Democratic candidate on Thursday afternoon.

Broward County reported that significantly more votes were received in the agriculture commissioner contest than the much higher-profile Senate election. An attorney for Nelson’s campaign suggested a computer error might explain that anomaly.

In the closely watched gubernatorial race, DeSantis’ held a narrow 0.52-percentage-point edge over Gillum as of Thursday morning, extremely close to the 0.5 percent threshold needed to trigger a machine recount. Gillum has conceded the race, although his decision is nonbinding.

But by Thursday afternoon, unofficial figures had DeSantis up by just 38,515 votes out of the more than 8 million cast — a lead of just 0.47 percent, low enough to trigger a mandatory recount, according to The Tallahassee Democrat. No recount has yet been announced by Florida’s secretary of state, and the first unofficial count is expected to be verified Saturday by Florida’s secretary of state.

“On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count,” Gillum’s campaign said in a statement Thursday evening. “Since that time, it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported. Our campaign, along with our attorney Barry Richard, is monitoring the situation closely and is ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount.”

Without providing legally sufficient justification, Rubio said, Democrat-controlled Broward and Palm Beach counties on Wednesday afternoon continued to report new ballots, cutting into Scott’s already-thin lead and flipping the state’s agriculture commissioner race to Democrats. Provisional ballots cast by voters without proper identification or at the wrong location are factoring into the late results, and Florida officials have rejected campaigns’ requests for the identity of those voters, citing federal and state law….

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