Outgoing Florida Governor Rick Scott has once again been deemed the winner of Florida’s Senate Race, beating Democrat Bill Nelson… again.
Republican Scott was declared the winner on election night and it was quickly seen that his advantage was probably too great for Democrat Nelson to overcome — even with a crooked recount. But with the corruption going on in two of the state’s most liberal counties, the pointless recounts came anyway.
But this weekend, a week after Election Day, the mess was declared finished and Scott once again won the race.
Scott won by 12,600 votes.
The contest came to an end on Sunday as a noon deadline passed for county election officials to submit the results of a hand recount that showed Scott leading Nelson by about 10,000 votes, or 0.12 percentage points.
The hand recount was ordered after a machine recount showed the two candidates separated by only about 12,600 votes, or 0.15 points.
Shortly after the results came in, Scott released a statement saying Nelson had called to concede.
“Things worked out a little differently than Grace and I had hoped, but let me say, I, by no measure, feel defeated,” Nelson said in a statement released Sunday. “I was not victorious in this race, but I still wish to strongly re-affirm the cause for which we fought: A public office is a public trust.”
Even though Nelson gained votes from the recounts in the corrupt, liberal counties of Broward and Palm Beach, it was not enough to bridge the gap and overtake Scott’s win.
That means that both Republicans that the Democrats tried to topple with constant recounts won their races. Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis both won their races for Senate and Governor respectively.
However, the Democrats didn’t lose everything in Florida. A third race hinged on a recount and that one went the Democrats’ way. The race for Florida Agriculture Commissioner went for Nikki Fried who now becomes the sole Democrat elected statewide.
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