Republican Rick Scott wins Florida’s U.S. Senate race after recount
Florida’s outgoing governor, Republican Rick Scott, was declared the winner of the state’s hard-fought U.S. Senate race on Sunday, following a handbook recount of ballots within the tight contest in opposition to three-term Democratic incumbent Invoice Nelson.
Within the recount of the Nov. 6 election, Scott received by 10,033 votes out of 8.19 million solid statewide, Florida elections officers stated on Sunday. Scott took 50.05 p.c, in contrast with 49.93 p.c for Nelson, the officers added.
Nelson, a three-term senator first elected in 2000, turned the newest incumbent Democratic senator toppled within the midterm congressional election during which President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans expanded their majority within the Senate, however misplaced management of the Home of Representatives.
Different incumbent Democratic senators defeated within the election embody Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and Claire McCaskill in Missouri.
Scenes of hundreds of individuals throughout the state reviewing ballots throughout the recount course of had introduced again recollections of Florida’s 2000 presidential recount, which ended solely after the U.S. Supreme Courtroom stepped in, successfully handing the presidency to Republican George W. Bush.
Democratic challenger concedes
“I simply spoke with Senator Invoice Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of public service,” Scott stated in an emailed assertion.
In a video assertion, Nelson thanked supporters and stated, “I used to be not victorious on this race, however I nonetheless want to strongly reaffirm the trigger for which we fought.”
“A public workplace is a public belief,” he stated, including, “We might have been closely outspent on this marketing campaign, however we have been by no means outworked.”
Trump tweeted Sunday his congratulations to Scott on having “waged such a brave and profitable marketing campaign.”
From day one Rick Scott by no means wavered. He was a terrific Governor and will likely be even a higher Senator in representing the Folks of Florida. Congratulations to Rick on having waged such a brave and profitable marketing campaign!
Scott, who was prevented by state regulation from working for a 3rd time period as governor, emerged from the vote with a lead of lower than 0.5 share factors, which prompted a recount of the ballots.
Republicans together with Trump made allegations, with out providing proof, that the method was marred by fraud.
The battle between Nelson and Scott and the race to interchange Scott as governor each have been intently watched contests during which Democrats had hoped to topple Republicans.
On Saturday, Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded to Republican rival Ron DeSantis, an ally of Trump, within the governor’s race, which additionally went to a recount.
Scott, 65, entered politics after amassing a private fortune as a healthcare government. He dipped into his wealth to assist finance his campaigns, successful the governorship in 2010 and 2014.
Nelson, 76, has been a fixture in Florida politics since he received a seat within the state legislature in 1972. He then served within the U.S. Home of Representatives and has held state cupboard posts.
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