Rick Scott, Florida's Next Senator, Held Strong in Election Recount
Nearly two weeks after Election Day, Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s victory in Florida’s U.S. Senate race is official. Scott was declared the winner Sunday afternoon by 10,033 votes.
Incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, behind Scott by more than 50,000 votes on Election night, conceded to Scott Sunday, recording a YouTube video in which he acknowledged defeat.
Nelson called Scott to concede, the latter said in a statement. President Trump congratulated Scott in a tweet, writing: “From day one Rick Scott never wavered. He was a great governor and will be even a greater senator in representing the people of Florida.”
It marks the end of a long and at-times messy vote recount that drew national attention amid reported irregularities in vote counting by county officials, problems with tabulation machines and missed deadlines, particularly in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
It also marks the end of Democrats’ hopes in Florida’s two high-profile elections this year. On Saturday, Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum conceded to Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in the governor’s race. In defeat, Gillum drew praise from Trump on Twitter. Recounting had stopped in that race after Thursday’s official machine recount.
Despite the tens of millions of dollars liberal out-of-state billionaires injected into