Florida officials must take “whatever steps are necessary” to “protect the integrity” of the state’s election system, now that the razor-thin gubernatorial and Senate elections appear headed for recounts following Tuesday’s midterm elections, Florida-based attorney Joseph P. Klock Jr. said Thursday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”
It initially appeared that outgoing Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) had prevailed in their races against incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, respectively — by comfortable margins.
But the outstanding ballots are mysteriously still pouring in from two key counties: Broward and Palm Beach. Andrew Gillum (pictured above right) now is considering seeking a recount because of the number of outstanding ballots still left to count.
The Bill Nelson campaign (he’s shown above left) announced that his election is also headed for a recount because Scott’s lead suddenly dropped to less than one-half percent.
Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) sued both Broward County and Palm Beach County on Thursday.
“So, it has been over 48 hours since the polls closed and Broward and Palm Beach Counties are still finding and counting ballots — and the supervisors — Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher — cannot seem to say how many ballots still exist or where these ballots came from, or where they have been,” Scott told reporters.
“No ragtag group of liberal activists or lawyers from D.C. will be allowed to steal this election from the voters in the state of Florida.”
Scott also said on Fox News’ “Hannity” that “we don’t know how many votes they’re gonna come up with. But it seems they’re going to try to come up with as many votes as it takes to win this election … We’re gonna fight this, and we’re gonna win.”
President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday evening, “Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach. Florida voted for Rick Scott!”
Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach. Florida voted for Rick Scott!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018
Klock, who headed the team of lawyers representing then-Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris in the state’s legal challenge over the recount following the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, said the state “thought they addressed some of …