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The battle over Florida's three statewide recounts rages on in the courts. Why? You have to go back to the contested 2000 presidential election.

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Counties across the Tampa Bay area are racing to meet the required Thursday 3 p.m. deadline to recount votes in three statewide elections.

It may look like the recount for three of the state's top elected positions is a flashback to 2000. But a lot has changed since that contested presidential election.

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Rick Scott is Florida's Republican governor, not a senator-elect.

Yet there he was at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's left shoulder Wednesday when the Kentucky Republican welcomed GOP senators who will take their seats in January when the new Congress is sworn in.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott will step down from the state panel responsible for certifying the results in the state's highly contested elections.

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The commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said he is “deeply troubled” that Attorney General Pam Bondi thought he would not pursue investigations into potential criminal activity related to last week’s elections.

Overheating Machines Complicate Florida's Recount Battle

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Florida's election recount drama is intensifying as lawyers return to court and tallying machines break down ahead of a Thursday deadline to complete reviews of the senate and governor races.

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A Leon County circuit judge Tuesday ordered the suspension of recount deadlines in the races for governor, agriculture commissioner and a state House seat to give Palm Beach County elections officials time to finish recounting ballots. 

Florida’s military and overseas citizens vote-by-mail ballots are being accepted at Supervisors of Elections Offices across the state through Friday, but it’s unlikely they’ll change the outcome of any contested races currently under recount.

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Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s campaign is asking a federal court to give supervisors of elections more time to recount ballots as a Thursday deadline approaches to complete the recounts in Florida’s Senate, gubernatorial and agriculture commissioner races.

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Rick Scott's campaign for Senate has filed another lawsuit. This time, the target is Hillsborough County Elections Supervisor Craig Latimer.

The suit accuses Latimer's office of breaking Florida law by not allowing observers into the room where the county's ballots are being recounted.

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The Hillsborough State Attorney Tuesday announced its first-ever division that looks to overturn wrongful convictions.

Anyone who remembers the recount of the 2000 presidential race in Florida may feel an unsettling case of deja-vu. That the state is now conducting three recounts, including for the governor's and U.S. Senate races.

As State Recount Continues, DeSantis Names Transition Team

Nov 13, 2018

While a recount continues in his race for governor, Republican Ron DeSantis’ transition team Monday announced staff members who would help set up his administration.

DeSantis last week announced leadership of the transition team, with Susie Wiles serving as executive director. Wiles chaired his gubernatorial campaign.

Halfway through day two of Florida’s recount, Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes responded to the lawsuits filed against her.

Voter advocacy groups are suing Republican Gov. Rick Scott in Florida’s Senate race.

They want Scott to stay out of the ballot counting process.

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Senator Bill Nelson’s campaign is suing the Florida Department of State in an effort to count mail-in ballots that were postmarked before Election Day but not delivered before the polls closed Tuesday. An attorney for the campaign said it’s voter disenfranchisement, but the Rick Scott campaign disagrees.

Counting votes in Broward County has gone anything but smoothly since Election Day.

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Mishaps, protests and litigation are overshadowing the vote recount in Florida’s pivotal races for governor and Senate, reviving memories of the 2000 presidential fiasco in the premier political battleground state.

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In an unusual move, Attorney General Pam Bondi on Sunday publicly criticized Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen for not pursuing an investigation into alleged irregularities in the handling of election ballots in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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As automatic machine recounts got underway for three statewide elections Sunday, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gov. Rick Scott filed three new lawsuits against South Florida election supervisors.

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After some early bumps, more than half of Florida's 67 counties began recounting votes Sunday in the razor-thin Senate and gubernatorial races, bringing back memories of the 2000 presidential fiasco.

It may be more than a week until clear winners emerge in several statewide elections in Florida, including the race for U.S. Senator and Governor.

Ballots are still being counted in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, and the supervisors of elections there have until noon Saturday to submit final results to the secretary of state.

Less than .5% separates the candidates in both races, which automatically triggers a machine recount under Florida law. If the margin of victory is 0.25% of below, the recount will be by hand.

The country's cultural divide, as evidenced by Tuesday's elections, is a real one.

But there are some things that are part of the American experience, whether you're biking across Manhattan or driving a 4x4 through Montana.

Update: 4:30 p.m.

County election offices across Florida are starting to schedule machine recounts for too-close-to-call races for the U.S. Senate and governor races, the agriculture commissioner and three contests in the state legislature.

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Judges in Palm Beach and Broward counties sided with Florida Gov. Rick Scott against two supervisors of elections on Friday as Sen. Bill Nelson filed his own lawsuit challenging the state's mail-in ballot signature law.

Nelson Camp Fires Back At Scott As Count Continues

Nov 9, 2018
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An attorney for Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson on Friday compared Gov. Rick Scott’s use of a state law-enforcement agency to investigate the actions of elections officials in Palm Beach and Broward counties to a “Third World dictatorship.”

Three tight races in Florida could be heading for a recount. As election officials were still scrambling to count ballots on Friday, it appeared that the races for U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner were close enough to trigger recounts.

In Florida when a race is close a candidate cannot “call for a recount.” Instead, it all comes down to math. If any candidates are within half a percentage of each other, Florida law requires a recount. Right now that’s the case for the U.S. Senate race, as well as the contests for state agriculture commissioner and governor.

Updated Friday at 5:08 p.m. ET

The Trump administration is taking steps to stem the flow of Central American migrants crossing the U.S. border from Mexico.

The administration issued a new rule Thursday designed to prohibit migrants who cross the border outside of designated entry points from seeking asylum in the United States.

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