For anyone doubting that God has a superb sense of humor, I give you Broward County:
Two main, and surprising, discoveries were made when today’s recount totals came in. First, in the three races being recalculated, as mandated by state law — US Senate, Florida Gubernatorial, and Florida Agriculture Commissioner — the totals came in nearly 2,000 votes fewer than the previous tally. Secondly, there was a significant gulf between the candidates. The drop in figures for each race is here:
Rick Scott: -606 votes
Bill Nelson: -1,385 votes
Ron DeSantis: -621 votes
Andrew Gillum: -1,373 votes
Florida AG Commissioner
Matt Caldwell: -616 votes
Nikki Fried: -1,381 votes
The governor’s race would see little change, as DeSantis held a cushion of approximately 0.5%. For the US Senate Rick Scott leads currently by nearly 12,500 votes. The AGC race is of particular note, however, as the candidates are separated by only a few thousand votes, much of which are being contested.
But then something happened. Given that the three races were seeing net gains for the GOP candidates an announcement was made that suddenly the recount totals were not being recognized by Tallahassee. The reports were that the submission was not made in time and, as required by state election law, the prior totals would stand as official.
So how did this happen? Well, despite news reports that Broward Elections had finished well ahead of the deadline, the announcement came down that Broward had submitted their totals to Tallahassee too late — TWO MINUTES after the 3:00 pm deadline.
Go here to read the rest. Ron DeSantis is now Florida Governor Elect since no hand recount is mandated under Florida law due to his margin of victory. His opponent Andrew Gillum is still refusing to re-concede, hoping against hope that the Democrats can still somehow
manufacture count enough votes to overcome the gap. Bill Nelson, a man who was first elected to Congress when I was a Junior in College four decades ago, still hopes that the manual recount can allow him serve in Washington at least until he is 82, although I think the gap between him and Scott is likely too large for even the good old fashioned Democrat margin of fraud to help him. After all, you can only find so many ballot boxes in trunks of cars until the whole thing seems a wee bit suspicious.