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November 9, 2018

Vote Shenanigans in FL, While AZ Still Counting

Democrats are working overtime to snag a couple of Senate seats from Republicans.

A legal fight is brewing in Florida as Democrats seek to upend the Republican Senate win, while evidently Arizona still uses the Pony Express for transporting ballots, as a final vote total may still be days away.

When the Florida results came in late Tuesday evening, it seemed apparent that Republicans had won both a Senate seat and the governorship. In the race for governor, Andrew Gillum conceded to Rep. Ron DeSantis, as he was behind by 80,000 votes and mathematically eliminated from possible victory. The race between Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Senate incumbent Bill Nelson was tighter, with Scott holding a 60,000 vote lead by the end of the night. However, even though he was mathematically eliminated based on the initially reported overall vote totals, Nelson refused to concede defeat. Doing the math, Scott declared victory and went to bed.

Cue the Democrat shenanigans. In two of Florida’s bluest counties — Broward and Palm Beach — irregularities in reported vote totals began to emerge. Both counties’ Democrat election supervisors added tens of thousands of previously uncounted votes, and there is still no word yet on how many total votes were cast in either county, even three days after the election.

By Thursday, Scott filed lawsuits against Broward and Palm Beach County election supervisors demanding access to public records, including the total number of ballots cast and the number counted. “I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of Florida,” Scott stated. Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) posted video footage appearing to show ballot boxes in Broward County being transported in private vehicles. Rubio noted, “This violates all chain of custody requirements for paper ballots,” adding, “has anyone in local media looked into this claim or asked elections dept. about it?”

Scott and Rubio have good reason to be ringing the alarm bells over potential voting fraud, as Broward County election supervisor Brenda Snipes has a history of questionable behavior. In 2016, a judge ruled that Snipes broke state and federal laws by destroying ballots. In August of this year, Snipes was ordered by the court not to open mail-in ballots in secret or before the county’s three-member canvassing board could meet to determine a ballot’s validity. So it’s beginning to look like legal fights may come into play before all is decided in Florida. Sound familiar?

Meanwhile in Arizona, things aren’t looking good for Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally, who now finds herself down by more than 9,000 votes to Arizona-hating Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as the vote numbers continue to trickle in. Evidently, there are still 400,000 votes yet to be counted, but some have suggested they are coming from areas that favor Sinema. We may not know until Monday who won the Senate race. We hope this ridiculously slow vote-counting process will push the state to develop a more efficient system.

So it’s possible that, if everything goes Democrats’ way in Florida and Arizona, Republicans will have picked up just one Senate seat. That could have serious ramifications for judicial nominations and most specifically a potential Supreme Court nominee, as it would give Republicans little wiggle room. This is precisely why Dems are fighting so hard for seats.

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