Here's What's Happened So Far in the Florida Recount - Hit & Run

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Snipes has drawn criticism from Trump and other high-profile Republicans as her county's election returns showed a narrowing lead for Scott during the ballot-counting in the days after Election Day, and even former Gov. Jeb Bush - who appointed her in 2003 - said she should be removed. "Must go with Election Night!" the president wrote.

Will they recount ballots by hand?

U.S. President Donald Trump sought to intervene in Florida's legally mandated vote recount Tuesday, calling on the state's Democratic senator to admit defeat and again implying without evidence that officials in two pivotal counties are trying to steal the election.

Trump on Tuesday called on Democratic Sen. "When will Bill Nelson concede in Florida?" he tweeted. She said "you can call it a mistake or you can call it whatever you want to call it".

Scott holds a narrow lead over Nelson. "And they're doing it with an architect, Superintendent (Brenda) Snipes, who has a record of gross incompetence and fraud". Schumer said of Scott: "He's a contestant in this election and can't possibly be trusted to be a neutral and fair arbiter as the votes are tallied". He also mentioned an incident, being reported by conservative media, in which a lawyer claiming to represent Nelson objected in a public hearing to tossing out a provisional ballot from a noncitizen. He demanded that the election night results - which showed the Republicans leading based upon incomplete ballot counts - be used to determine the victor.

That being said, the closeness of the 2018 election in Florida comes as no surprise to Michael McDonald, a political science professor at the University of Florida.

If that were to happen, though, it is not unthinkable that Republicans would consider using their majority power in the Senate to refuse to seat Mr. Nelson and to give the seat to Mr. Scott instead - especially considering how he and his party have repeatedly insisted, without offering evidence, that the ballot review process has been riddled with fraud and misconduct. Palm Beach county had admitted that it will not finish its recount by the Thursday deadline because its 11-year-old tallying machines are not fast enough, while in Broward County, additional sheriff's deputies were sent to guard ballots and voting machines.

What's more, recounts leading to reversals of elections are rarer yet. The contest will determine the size of the GOP's Senate majority and settle an expensive fight in the nation's largest swing state.

Daniel Nordby, a lawyer for the Republican governor, told a federal judge Wednesday that Scott will recuse himself from the state's canvassing commission.

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"Scott's lawsuit against the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections says observers are being forced to watch the recount ".in a separate room, separated by glass and without the ability to hear what is transpiring in the recount room".

State law requires a machine recount in races where the margin is less than 0.5 percentage points.

The governor's race also has tightened, with DeSantis, a staunch ally of Trump, ahead of Gillum by 0.41 percent.

Some in the pundit class have declared Nelson an nearly hopeless long shot, and in doing so, have made Scott's complaints about the recount look suspicious - which isn't helpful to anyone.

There have been other bumps as Florida undergoes recounts for both the governor and Senate races.

One county revealed Monday that it had allowed some hurricane-displaced voters to cast their ballots by email - a violation of state law.

They have to make the determination on what the voter intended. The deadline to contest Election Results in court is November 30. Newly elected senators are expected to report to Washington this week for orientation.

As Scott decried "these shenanigans" in South Florida, two agencies that he oversees said they had nothing to investigate. The Senate will swear in new members in early 2019. If a mail-in ballot was prepared in less than idea conditions and the signature is less than ideal is it invalid?

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