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Recounts, Runoffs Loom Over High-profile Elections In Florida, Georgia

Summary:

Several elections remain unresolved after election day. In Georgia, Republican Brian Kemp claimed victory while Democrat Stacey Abrams pursues litigation focused on late ballots. In Florida, Rick Scott has filed lawsuits as his lead over Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson shrinks. The Florida governor’€™s race has fallen within the .5% margin for a recount. In Arizona, Democrat Sinema is taking a small lead as hundreds of thousands of ballots are still counted.

Questions:

  • If separated by a few hundred votes, can we say long lines made a difference?
  • Was voter suppression a factor?
  • Is Florida destined to be the perennial recount state?

Article:

(Reuters) – Two days after the vote on Thursday, high-profile US elections in Georgia, Florida and Arizona remained unresolved, with prospects for legal challenges, recounts and ballot reviews setting the stage for possible weeks of uncertainty.

The unresolved races will not tip the balance in either Congress Chamber but will include contests in parts of the country that are important for the future of both parties and potentially for President Donald Trump’s chances of re-election in two years’ time.

In Georgia, where Republican Brian Kemp declared a narrow lead in the Governor’s contest on Wednesday, the Democrat Stacey Abrams campaign officials on Thursday vowed to pursue litigation in order to ensure that all votes were counted.

In Florida’s U.S. Senate race, Republican Governor Rick Scott, with his lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson narrowing, filed lawsuits on Thursday against election supervisors in two counties accusing them of failing to follow election law. A spokesman for Nelson, Dan McLaughlin, said the lawsuits were politically motivated and “borne out of desperation.”

The race of the Florida Governor between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum also appeared to be headed for an automatic recount, after the lead of DeSantis decreased on Thursday, despite the fact that Gillum had already conceded.

Read More: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election/recounts-runoffs-loom-over-high-profile-elections-in-florida-georgia-idUSKBN1ND28E

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