By Jennifer Jacobs and Anna Edgerton | Bloomberg News
President Donald Trump questioned the integrity of ongoing vote counts in Senate races in Florida and Arizona, where Democratic candidates have come from behind against their Republican opponents, and suggested the federal government could intervene.
“All of a sudden they’re finding votes out of nowhere,” Trump told reporters Friday, speaking about the Florida race, where Democrat Bill Nelson has closed the gap with Republican Rick Scott. “Rick Scott, who won by, you know, who won by a comfortable margin, every couple of hours it comes down a little bit.”
Trump also cast doubt on the Senate race in Arizona, where Democrat Kyrsten Sinema jumped ahead of Republican Martha McSally late Thursday.
“It always seems to go the way of the Democrats,” Trump said. “Now in Arizona, all of a sudden, out of the wilderness, they find a lot of votes, and she’s — the other candidate — is just winning by a hair.”
Asked whether there could be a role for the federal government in the Florida race, Trump said: “There could be.” He didn’t elaborate on what the federal government could do, but added that “there are bad things that have gone on in Broward County. Really bad things.”
Later Friday morning, Trump weighed in on the Georgia governor race, where Republican Brian Kemp has claimed victory, even though votes are still being counted and his Democrat opponent Stacey Abrams appears to be just shy of enough votes to trigger a recount.
“@BrianKempGA ran a great race in Georgia – he won. It is time to move on!” Trump tweeted.
He followed that with an apparently sarcastic tweet about the U.S. intelligence community’s findings that Russia has interfered in American elections, including his 2016 victory.”You mean they are just now finding votes in Florida and Georgia – but the Election was on Tuesday? Let’s blame the Russians and demand an immediate apology from President Putin!” Trump tweeted.
Scott, Florida’s governor, is suing two of his state’s counties — Broward and Palm Beach — asking for an investigation of the tens of thousands of votes that are trickling in days after the election, which have narrowed his lead enough to trigger a recount.
Nelson, the Democratic incumbent, didn’t concede defeat in Tuesday’s election, even after Scott declared victory, and has called for a recount. Now with two of the state’s most Democratic counties still filing unofficial results, Scott’s lead has shrunk to less than the half a percentage point that would allow for a recount.
Most of the focus had turned to Broward County, a Democratic South Florida stronghold that — mysteriously, according to critics — was still adding up early-voting and mail-in ballots on Thursday. What’s more, there appeared to be an unusual discrepancy of some 25,000 votes between the races for governor and senator, even though they were on the same ballot.
Scott on Thursday night said voters “should be concerned there may be rampant fraud happening” in the two counties.
Source:: The Mercury News – Politics