As significant as Democratic gains were in the 2018 elections, Florida stood out as a bitter disappointment for the party. Despite late polling that showed Sen. Bill Nelson (D) and gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum (D) in the lead, as the returns came in on Tuesday night, it looked like both had come up short against far-right rivals.
Neither race was officially called, however, and as officials continued to work toward a final tally, Rick Scott's (R) and Ron DeSantis' (R) leads withered. By late yesterday, the margin in the gubernatorial race was down to just 0.4%, while the Republican advantage in the Senate was even smaller at 0.2%.
As officials continued to count vote-by-mail, provisional, and absentee ballots, hard-to-predict recounts beckoned. And just when it seemed the developments couldn't get messier, Rick Scott made sure that they did.
Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday evening filed suit and asked for an investigation into ongoing ballot counts that he accused of being a partisan attempt by "unethical liberals" to steal the state's Senate election.
Scott, who ran against incumbent Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson, alleged that the Broward County and Palm Beach County supervisors of elections were engaging in "rampant fraud."
The governor requested that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigate the new ballot counts, which have narrowed his Election Night-lead.
The controversial Republican lashed out publicly last night at "left-wing activists" and "unethical liberals," whom the governor/Senate hopeful insisted were trying to "steal" the election.
Much of the GOP ire has been directed at Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes -- a former school principal who was appointed to her position by Republican Jeb Bush.
At least so far, Scott and his allies haven't pointed to any evidence of actual "fraud," and it's not altogether clear what he's asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to do.