Nelson's campaign asserted that Scott was overstepping his bounds.
Razor-thin margins in bitter races in Florida and Georgia for the U.S. Senate and governor are raising the possibility of recounts and a run-off, potentially prolonging some of the most closely watched contests of the nation's midterm elections.
The Scott camp responded by calling the Democrat's reticence to concede "a sad way for Bill Nelson to end his career", NBC News reported. "And the fact that she is not communicating to the public or to the campaigns.is suspicious, because if you don't know the tabulation, then anything can happen underneath", Watters said. Trump tweeted, "Mayor Gillum conceded on Election Day and now Broward County has put him "back into play". The suit also accuses her of preventing county canvassing board officials from performing its duties, the WESH report said. Today the Florida Department of Law Enforcement stated, "This morning we spoke with the Department of State and they indicated they had no criminal allegations of fraud". FDLE Spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said the law enforcement agency would follow up on Scott's request.
Scott announced the suit and his call for an investigation at a press conference at the governor's mansion Thursday night.
"If you look at Broward and Palm Beach (counties) to a lesser extent. they have had a disgusting history", Trump told reporters at the White House before departing for Paris.
At 5 a.m., Scott held only a 38,717-vote lead over Nelson.
Scott says "unethical liberals" are trying to steal the election.
As the ballot difference in the U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Sen.
There were two recounts in local races afterwards.
The state's elections unexpectedly devolved into calamity Thursday thanks largely to thousands of votes belatedly trickling out of heavily Democratic South Florida.
The automatic recounts are a result of changes made after the 2000 election, when Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris opposed a recount in the presidential race between George W. Bush and Al Gore.
Zeckman said Friday that the lawsuit is asking the court "to overrule election officials and accept ballots that were not legally cast".
Meanwhile, the campaign for Bill Nelson has brought on attorney Marc Elias to handle its recount effort, which at this point appears to be a certainty. At the time, the state lacked uniform rules for how to proceed.
About 60 Republican protesters demonstrated outside Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes' office on Friday, chanting, "We want answers, Brenda Snipes!".
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". Just 39,000 votes now separate the two men.
Both Nelson's and Scott's teams have been fighting to officially secure the win as more ballots are still being counted.
Rick Scott had served as governor of Florida since 2011.
He said that by 4 p.m. Friday, 52 of the state's 67 counties have already provided their returns to the state. As of Thursday night, Scott was ahead of Nelson by just 0.18 points.
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