At least two of the three statewide elections recounts being conducted by Florida’s 67 counties are unnecessary, per President Donald Trump.
The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged. An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2018
Trump alludes here to ballot anomalies in Broward County and Palm Beach counties, applying federal pressure that complements what allies are doing in-state.
Attorney General Pam Bondi on Sunday scolded the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for declining so far to investigate the tabulation of votes in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Bondi, a Tampa Republican, also demanded Secretary of State Ken Detzner report all election irregularities in the Democratic-leaning counties to the Office of Statewide Prosecution, which reports to her.
Republican Gov. Rick Scott, as a U.S. Senate candidate and not as Governor, on Thursday announced a lawsuit against Broward and Palm Beach counties demanding records on the number of votes cast.
As totals stand on Monday morning, Republicans are set to win two of the three contested statewide races, with a Democrat winning the third.
Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott leads incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson by 12,562, Republican Gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis leads Democrat Andrew Gillum by 33,684 votes, and Democratic Agriculture Commissioner candidate Nikki Fried leads Republican Matt Caldwell by 5,326 votes.
Trump’s reactions are notable in the context of a victory lap press conference last week.
“Look at what happened in Florida,” Trump said. “We did unbelievably well, winning the Senate and the governorship against two talented people.”
Trump noted that “we weren’t expected to win” in Florida, framing the victories as a vindication of what he has done as President.
Throughout his remarks, Trump kept circling back to wins in Florida, where he rallied twice in the final week.