Rick Scott says forgo recount; Bill Nelson confident he will win
The Senate race between Rick Scott and Bill Nelson continues to tighten.

Rick Scott

Republican Rick Scott’s Senate campaign today called on incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson to call it quits and forgo a statewide recount, but the Democrat remains confident he can still win the election.

A final tabulation of unofficial election results as of Saturday showed Scott holding a 12,562-vote edge on Nelson.

“The voters of Florida have spoken and Rick Scott was elected to the United States Senate in a close but decisive victory,” said Scott spokesman Chris Hartline.

“The margin of victory is larger than any recount since 2000 has ever closed, with the average recount changing the outcome by just a few hundred votes. It’s time for Senator Nelson to accept reality and spare the state of the Florida the time, expense and discord of a recount.”

But Nelson remains girded for battle.

“This process is about one thing: making sure every legal ballot is counted and protecting the right of every Floridian to participate in our democracy,” Nelson said.

“Since Tuesday, the gap has shrunk from roughly 60,000 votes to about 12,500 – the margin has reduced by 78 percent and is now roughly 0.15 percent.”

Importantly, the tightening of the vote happened as Democratic counties Broward and Palm Beach continued tabulated early voting and vote-by-mail results.

Nelson said there’s every reason to believe a recount can still turn around his fortuned.

“We have every expectation the recount will be full and fair and will continue taking action to ensure every vote is counted without interference or efforts to undermine the democratic process,” he said.

“We believe when every legal ballot is counted we’ll win this election.”

Republicans pointed toward statements Nelson attorney Marc Elias has made in different recount fights across the country.

The comments seem to reference when Minnesota Republican Sen. Norm Coleman faced a similar margin of votes in a long recount battle against Democrat Al Franken. U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid in January 2009 told Coleman “graciously conceding” would be the best option at a time when Franken held a similar lead to Scott, as reported by the Star-Tribune.

Incidentally, Coleman did not, and on Fox News today, he advised Scott not to be “out-lawyered.” He ultimately lost to Franken by 312 votes.

Notably, the Senate race dealt with a large voter pool. The 2008 election between Franken and Coleman deal with approximately 3.5 million votes while the Florida race this year deals with nearly 8.2 million votes.

But Scott’s camp also notes with Florida’s size, Scott received more votes than any Florida Senate candidate ever has in a midterm election.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


  • John

    November 10, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Rigged Scott

  • Andrew Thomas

    November 10, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    HBO has a show called Shameless. It is Leave it to Beaver compared to the GOP. Colbert said it best years ago. Unmitigated gall.

    • Nordonia Nate

      November 11, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      Colbert?? LOL… YOU actually used Colbert as a source…. OMG..

  • Corrupt Democrats

    November 10, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Democrats are the dirtiest filthy people on the planet. Broward is known for voter corruption. It will all come out. Democrats = Lie, cheat, steal.

    • M. R

      November 10, 2018 at 11:30 pm

      I’m not sure about corruption but I think disorganization is probably the main culprit. I’d rather they count all the missing ballots since it’s suppose to be a fair election.

  • Bob Graham

    November 11, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Bill is destroying any legacy he has. At his age with his time in office, it is well past time for him to retire. Doing this he looks angry, corrupt and frankly, sad. Retire Bill. Save your reputation.

    • Nordonia Nate

      November 11, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      WHAT “meaningful legacy” did Nelson have?

  • Doxiedad

    November 11, 2018 at 11:43 am

    This will turn out to be a repeat of the 2000 election in Florida. The partisans on both sides are already screaming fraud, suppression, manipulation etc. The supervisors of elections in Broward and Palm Beach counties are not helping the matter at all by their antics and incompetence. At this point it doesn’t matter who wins in the end they will serve under a cloud of suspicion that they’re not the legitimate winner by one side or the other. Just when Florida thought it was out from under the controversial election spotlight….

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