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Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:06 PM

Bill Nelson's Campaign Lawyer Predicts a Hand Recount, and a Victory

The Democratic Party’s premier election lawyer predicts that the Florida Senate race is heading for a hand recount, and he said Thursday that he thinks Sen. Bill Nelson may in fact be re-elected.

Marc Elias, the partner at Perkins Coie who is now representing Nelson’s Senate campaign for recount purposes, said he expected that when the first round of counting of ballots is completed, the margin between Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott will come down to within the 0.25 percent threshold required under Florida law for a manual count. The race is already within the 0.5 percent machine recount threshold.

“Currently Sen. Nelson trails by fewer than 22,000 votes,” Elias told reporters on a Nelson campaign conference call. “I expect that that is going to close.”

Elias said, “I think that they are roughly equal probability,” that Nelson will be ahead or behind ahead of a hand recount, calling it a “jump ball.”

“We believe that at the end of this process, Sen. Nelson is going to be declared the winner,” Elias said.

That’s in part because in some more blue parts of the state, the first round of counting has not yet completed.

“In Broward County, we know that they are still counting,” he said, referring to the county that is centered in Fort Lauderdale.

https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/bill-nelsons-campaign-lawyer-predicts-hand-recount-victory

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janterry Nov 8 #1
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libdem4life Nov 8 #3
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Response to book_worm (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:19 PM

1. we need to play hard ball

and argue for every single vote.



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Response to book_worm (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:26 PM

2. Here's hoping the votes are there for Nelson to win.

While I'm not counting on it, there would be something very satisfying about a win there. How the right would cry "fraud!"

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Response to book_worm (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:42 PM

3. Would this apply to Gillum, as well? n/t

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:46 PM

4. if he gets within that threshold for a hand recount.

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Response to book_worm (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:49 PM

5. Thanks. So a recount is just for one candidate, even if others were on the same party ballot.

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Response to book_worm (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 12:58 PM

6. Here come the flashbacks to 2000.

The inability to conduct our elections in a straightforward and easily replicated manner is clear voter suppression. This needs to be fixed.

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