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As the numbers tightened, Scott worriedly called for an investigation into those ballots. And no angry mobs in suits - at least not yet.

During the 200 presidential election, Democratic candidate Al Gore sought a hand count of ballots in several Florida counties, including Broward County.

But all eyes were on Broward County, which according to information published by the Florida Division of Elections has yet to report all its early voting and absentee voting totals. He hired attorney Barry Richard, who represented President George W. Bush in the 2000 recount. Among other things, the infamous punch-card ballots are no longer. Shortly before midnight, Scott, flanked by his family, addressed supporters in Naples.He acknowledged the combative nature of the race, in which Scott and his supporters repeatedly characterized Nelson, 76, as verging on senility.

But 43 hours after polls closed Broward and Palm Beach are still counting, he tweeted, and "refusing to disclose how many ballots they have left to count".

In Florida, when a margin of victory is under.5 percent, a recount is automatic.

"We are proceeding to a recount", Nelson said Wednesday morning.

Elias said it's "not appropriate" for a governor to suggest he's going to use his powers to "interject his law enforcement authority to prevent the counting of ballots that have been legally cast". "This is not a third world dictatorship".

But so far, they have only tabulated 682,073 ballots in the Senate race.

Florida law requires a recount in races in which the winning margin is 0.5 percentage points or fewer, unless the trailing candidate says in writing that he or she doesn't want a recount.

In Washington, Trump took Scott's side, telling reporters that the federal government could get involved and adding: "all of the sudden they are finding votes out of nowhere".

"Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach".

Broward County is the only one of Florida's 67 counties which is yet to complete its initial count. The initial vote count won't be finalized until Saturday at noon.

She ordered Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes to allow for the "immediate inspection" and "photocopying" of the requested records no later than 7:00 p.m. Friday.

Nearly two days after polls closed, Snipes is refusing to disclose the number of county ballots that still need to be counted. Lawyers from the campaigns, journalists and citizens crowded into a room to observe the proceedings.

Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat and the Senate's minority leader, countered with his own tweet late Thursday night. A judge ruled that the law had been violated. In Palm Beach County, where Nelson received 58.4 percent of the votes, the canvassing board was still counting vote-by-mail ballots. Those included instances where a voter might have over-voted, trying to cross out a choice and indicating a preferred one with an arrow.

"I think what's happening in Broward County should concern every American, that Rick Scott came out of election night with 55,000 votes, a 55,000 vote lead over Senator Nelson and every day that has shrunk". The outgoing and term-limited Republican Governor appears to be headed for a recount in his election bid to oust Democratic U.S. Sen. "Mayor Gillum started his campaign for the people, and we are committed to ensuring every single vote in Florida is counted".

"The votes are not there for her", he said.

If it's November in the Sunshine State, it must be time for a recount ... or two.