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Scott, DeSantis in Strong Positions as Machine Count Ends, Hand Count Begins

Broward, Palm Beach, and Hillsborough counties all missed their deadlines for submitting final machine recount numbers Thursday. All 67 counties have until Sunday to submit hand recount numbers.

By NTK Staff | 11.16.2018 @1:30pm
Scott, DeSantis in Strong Positions as Machine Count Ends, Hand Count Begins

Florida’s 67 counties faced a deadline for machine recounts in the U.S. Senate, gubernatorial, and state agriculture commissioner races Thursday, and all but three met that deadline. Broward, Palm Beach, and Hillsborough counties failed to report their machine recount totals in time.

Those three counties were “forced to revert to the numbers they posted on Saturday.” But all three, along with the 64 other counties in the state, are now racing to meet a noon Sunday deadline for a hand recount.

According to CNN, those three counties missing the machine recount deadline “likely doesn’t impact the overall vote totals,” but reporter Ryan Nobles notes it does reflect poorly on the state’s voting system and, subsequently, Floridians’ confidence in their electoral process.

He also noted that the ultimate results of the Senate race between Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), along with the gubernatorial race between Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D-FL), are fairly clear at this point:

It is pretty clear that more people voted for Gov. Rick Scott for the US Senate and former Rep. Ron DeSantis in the governor’s race, and that really has nothing to do with these problems.

And Nobles isn’t alone. FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver pointed out that ballot design issues in Broward County likely led to a large undervote in the U.S. Senate race in that county. He argues that may have given Scott the edge he ultimately needed to defeat Nelson.

Most signs point to these races being over. DeSantis has begun the official “transition” period to the governorship, and Scott attended Senate orientation in Washington, D.C. earlier this week. Florida officials will continue to count ballots, but all signs point to Scott becoming the senator-elect from Florida.

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