As Florida Recounts Loom, Rubio Blasts Democratic Strongholds Over Ballot Discrepancies
After Tuesday's elections, it appeared that Republican candidates were successful in winning two key races in Florida. Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis appeared to have edged Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the race to become the state's next governor, and Florida Governor Rick Scott appeared to defeat Democratic Incumbent Bill Nelson in the race for the U.S. Senate.
In both races, DeSantis and Scott appeared to be ahead by one percent of the vote, and no recount would be necessary. However, by Wednesday Nelson and Gillum began calling for recounts.
By Thursday morning, it appeared that both leads dropped to less than one percent, and Florida's Republican Senator Marco Rubio began to call foul on two Florida counties for not releasing ballots on time.
On Twitter, Senator Rubio blasted election officials in the heavily Democratic Broward and Palm Beach Counties. He pointed to Florida election law that requires ballots and vote counts be released within certain time periods, noting that nearly 48 hours after the polls closed, neither county had complied.
He claimed that lawyers from the DNC started arriving to interfere with the count. Rubio also noted that Broward County's election supervisor, "says she doesn't know how many ballots are left to be counted", and, "is releasing thousands of of additional votes, often in the overnight hours, that are chipping away at GOP leads."
Rubio also pointed to previous issues and investigations of the Broward County election department and warned that, "a U.S. Senate seat & a statewide cabinet officer are now potentially in the hands of an elections supervisor with a history of incompetence & of blatant violations of state & federal laws."
A court has ruled that Broward County elections officials have mishandled mail-in ballots and that the election supervisor broke state and federal laws in 2016 by destroying ballots.