DONALD Trump has accused the Democrats of “trying to steal” the US elections after legally-mandated vote recounts were ordered in Florida.
In a tweet on Friday, the president said: “We are watching closely!”
The outburst comes after the Florida secretary of state officially ordered a recount in the US Senate and governor races.
Secretary Ken Detzner issued the order on Saturday after the unofficial results in both races fell within the margin that by law triggered a recount.
The unofficial results suggest Republican Ron DeSantis led Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by half a percentage point.
In the Senate race, Republican Governor Rick Scott’s leads Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson by .15 percentage points.
Detzner also ordered a recount for Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner race where Democratic Nikki Fried stands .06 percentage points above Republican Matt Caldwell.
All three races will undergo machine recounts with results due no later than 3pm next Thursday.
If the vote still falls within a 0.25 margin or less, the three races will advance to hand recounts, due to be completed by November 18.
President Donald Trump campaigned for both Scott and DeSantis.
Scott called for his opponent DeSantis to decline the recount.
A spokesman said: “It’s time for Senator Nelson to accept reality and spare the state of the Florida the time, expense and discord of a recount.”
Nelson responded saying he does not intend to back down.
“We believe when every legal ballot is counted we’ll win this election,’ he said in a statement.
The announcement was made after Broward County election monitors said they saw no evidence of criminal activity in Tuesday’s midterm election.
This was despite the county being run by a controversial supervisor who mixed in illegal votes and failed to reveal the number of uncounted votes.
Following Tuesday’s election, Rick Scott filed a lawsuit against Broward County and Palm Beach County, accusing Democrats of trying to steal the election on Thursday evening.
He asked for Snipes to turn over several records detailing the counting and collection of ballots.
Snipes has been accused of ‘fraud’ in how she handled counting ballots in the election by Scott, President Donald Trump, and Republicans.
She has a long history of controversies when it comes to vote counting.
Since the election two Department of Elections have been stationed in Broward County to oversee see the administration of the elections, visit polling stations and ‘ensure all laws are followed’.
In May Florida’s Secretary of State announced increased oversight after a court found Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes broke the law by authorising the premature destruction of ballots pertaining to a contested race following the 2016 elections.
On Saturday Broward official hit back at fraud allegations in a news conference after the ballot tally, Snipes refused to confirm whether she had counted all the ballots for days.
At the press conference her team said each ballot was finally processed, excluding overseas ballots.
“There have been allegation of fraud. Those are serious charges to recklessly offer out there.
To give a claim of fraud without any evidence, I think it unacceptable,’ Eugene Pettis, a lawyer for Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes said.
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