Florida Democrats Brace for Recounts as Bill Nelson, Andrew Gillum Campaigns Dig In
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum are gearing up for statewide recounts in their respective Senate and gubernatorial races, even as their Republican opponents have already declared victory.
Nelson’s campaign has retained veteran Democratic elections attorney Marc Elias to handle recount operations, while people familiar with the Gillum campaign’s plans told The Daily Beast that they, too, are heading into recount mode. The Gillum campaign is weighing moving staff into key counties where some ballots have not yet been counted.
As of Thursday morning, Gov. Rick Scott, Nelson’s Republican challenger, was ahead by around 22,000 votes, or 0.26 percent. Elias, who has handled recounts for several Democratic campaigns, told reporters he had “virtual certainty” that the final margin between Scott and Nelson would be “well under” the 0.25 percent margin that triggers a manual recount.
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