Four days after the midterm elections in the US, the Florida authorities have rescheduled ballots. The votes in the election for the US Senate as well as for the governorship must be re-counted by machine, shared several US media agreeing, citing officials in Florida with. State law requires recalculation if the gap between candidates is only 0.5 percentage point. The lead of two Republican candidates was reported to be significantly lower. According to the authorities, the results are expected on Thursday.
In the race for the Senate seat in Florida, the Republican candidate, Florida's acting Governor Rick Scott, was competing against the current Democratic Senator Bill Nelson. Scott was just ahead on election night. After counting more absentee ballots, however, his lead has now decreased so much that a recount of the votes is now necessary.
The same applies to the governorship election in Florida. The democrat Andrew Gillum had initially admitted on election night his defeat against the Republican Ron DeSantis. In view of the scarce edge of DeSantis, however, it is now being re-counted.
Republicans talk about electoral fraud Some members of the Republican Party as well as US President Donald Trump are tampering with a possible recounting of votes. The US president hinted on Twitter the suspicion of election irregularities. Last Thursday, he wrote: "Law enforcement officials are facing another major corruption scandal related to electoral fraud in Broward and Palm Beach." Details of his suspicions did not make Trump. Shortly after deciding to recount in Florida, Trump called it an attempt on Twitter "to steal two major Florida elections" and added, "We'll take a close look!"
Trying to STEAL's two big elections in Florida! We are watching closely! – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018
Even the Republican Senator Floridas, Marco Rubio, whose seat in the vote on Tuesday was not a choice, has made serious allegations. He accused Brenda Snipes, the polling officer in Broward County, Florida, of voter fraud. On Twitter, Rubio talked about ballot papers that were illegally destroyed in the past, secretly opened postal ballot papers, misleading election papers and misleading texts on ballot papers – all of which Snipes had been responsible for. Snipes has publicly revealed her aversion to Rick Scott.
Re-counting Does Not Change the Majority of Republicans in the Senate Trump's Republicans lost their majority in the House of Representatives in congressional elections but defended their tight majority in the Senate. There they have despite the recounting 51 of the 100 seats safe. If more states go to the Democrats after the recount, so would change the majority for the Republicans in the Senate so nothing. However, they would then only managed to hold their gossamer majority, instead of these – as they hoped – further expand.
The Americans had already elected a new congress on Tuesday. All 435 seats have been assigned in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the US Senate, the other chamber of the US Parliament. In addition to Florida, some other decisions are still open in other states, such as Arizona, Mississippi and Georgia.
In Georgia, the Republican candidate Brian Kemp has already declared himself the winner. Officially proclaimed the result is not yet. The Democrat candidate, Stacey Abrams, has been there to become the first black governor of a state in US history. She regards the race as still open. Kemp is only very thin above the necessary threshold of 50 percent of the votes. Without this minimum number, a runoff is scheduled in the state.