Florida again plunged into a bitter electoral mess

Republicans, Donald Trump in charge, and Democrats blamed each other on Friday for the election results that are still uncertain in Florida, three days after the legislative, a controversy that recalls the historic tangle of the 2000 US presidential election.

"It is a shame what happens in Florida," Donald Trump thundered for the camera.

With all his presidential authority in a result that has not yet officially been announced after the parliamentary elections on Tuesday, he claimed in the same way that the Republican candidate in the Senate in Florida, Rick Scott, easily won & # 39 ;.

Counting is still ongoing.

"In a democracy no one, not even the president, can prevent votes being legally counted," said Chuck Schumer, head of the democratic senators. "We will not allow it, or anyone else, to steal this election."

Florida seems to be counting again in the coming days, as the margin between Scott and the outgoing Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is tight, at 0.18 percentage points on Friday, with fewer than 15,000 votes in a state of California. 21 million inhabitants.

A similar scenario disrupts the election for the Florida governorship.

In this case, the Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum first gave up his defeat on Tuesday-evening.

But since then he has learned that a lot of votes still had to be counted, which could change the narrow margin -0.44 points and 36.165 votes Friday – which separated him from the Republican Ron DeSantis.

The local authorities have until Saturday afternoon to communicate the preliminary results. If the difference is less than 0.5 point, a new count is automatically performed. If it is less than 0.25 points, this new count must be performed manually.

It will be necessary to wait with official results in the same Florida that the media of the entire world had occupied in the year 2000, when only a few votes separated the republican George W. Bush of the Democrat Al Gore for the president.

The striking images of critical officials, sometimes with a magnifying glass, one-by-one bulletins, have marked the memories.

The trial was ultimately decided by the US Supreme Court. The Republican defeated the Democrat in Florida with 537 votes and won the presidential election.

But this time the local authorities are obliged to give an end result on November 18th.

– Georgia and Arizona –

In neighboring Georgia, the Democratic candidate for governorship, Stacey Abrams, has refused since Tuesday to admit defeat to the republican Brian Kemp until all votes have been counted.

"Do you mean that they now find votes in Florida and Georgia while the elections were held on Tuesday?" Quipped Donald Trump on Twitter. Brian Kemp "won".

For his part, Rick Scott, still in his Florida governorate, announced on Thursday night that he had filed a complaint against election officials who had an "unbridled fraud & # 39; denounced.

Angry pro-Scott demonstrators gathered for an election committee on Friday.

But no investigation into fraud was opened Friday night, the Florida authorities said to AFP.

"We do not find votes," says departing Democratic Senator Bill Nelson. "They are just counted."

He has also started a lawsuit to prevent thousands of newsletters being rejected by post.

Judging by the statements of & # 39; irresponsible & # 39; Republican officials, David Lublin, professor of political science at the American University, rejects the idea of ​​manipulation.

Counting notes, which contain dozens of categories and also arrive in large numbers by mail, still takes time in the United States. And in states where the results are just as tight as in Florida, every vote counts, so you have to wait.

The same reasoning applies to Arizona, where voters can still make a dramatic change in their senator's choice, while more than 260,000 ballots are still not counted on Friday night.

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema surprised by taking charge of the Republican Martha McSally, whose victory appeared to be Tuesday.

Kyrsten Sinema led more than 20,000 votes on Friday evening. A new voting point is scheduled for Saturday.

If the Democrats finally win here and in Florida, the Republican majority in the Senate will remain insured, but it will be shorter than expected.