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Florida begins vote recount as Democrats and Republicans exchange allegations of fraud

Florida begins vote recount as Democrats and Republicans exchange allegations of fraudRecounts of two key US midterm elections began in Florida on Sunday amid accusations of fraud by both sides in the race for governor and a Senate seat.  Exhausted election office employees in the Sunshine State have been told they have until Thursday to tally up votes cast in last Tuesday's election yet again.  Unofficial results which came in shortly after noon on Saturday showed Republican Rick Scott’s lead in the race for the Senate had narrowed to 12,600 ahead of  Bill Nelson, the Democrat incumbent. Senator Bill Nelson, left, and current Florida governor Rick Scott, right, are facing off in a brutal senate race Credit: Kevin Kolczynski/Reuters Meanwhile Andrew Gillum, a Democrat vying to become the first black to serve as governor of Florida, retracted an earlier concession after the count narrowed to put him within 33,600 votes of Ron Desantis, the Republican candidate. Both counts were affected by the slow counting of postal votes, putting the candidates within a margin of error that triggered an automatic machine recount on Saturday. Accusations of fraud and threats of lawsuits from both sides have conjuring memories of the state's controversial recount during the 2000 presidential election. The recount ran into early problems in Broward country on Sunday, when a voting machine failed to register all ballots and Republicans asked for all voting machines to be tested. Dr. Brenda Snipes (left), the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, looks at a ballot with Betsy Benson, the canvasing board chair.  Credit: AP/Joe Skipper The count got underway after a two hour delay.  The heavily Democratic county, which is due to recount about 700,000 ballots, is one of two where Republicans have made allegations of possible ballot fraud. Speaking on television on Sunday, Mr Scott, who is the current governor of Florida, said that his opponent was a "sore loser" adding: "Sen. Nelson is clearly trying to commit fraud to win this election, that’s all this is."  Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority leader, said: "They don’t want the votes counted. We Democrats, we want every single vote counted. That’s every American's right no matter who they vote for. "We’re willing to abide by the outcome if every vote is counted and nothing is interfered with. We believe that Bill Nelson will be reelected senator if every vote is counted, and that’s what Trump and Scott are so scared of," he added in televised remarks. The development came as top Democrats called on U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to step aside from overseeing a special counsel probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In a letter to the Justice Department's chief ethics officer, Mr Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, asked whether any attorneys at the Justice Department have advised Mr Whitaker to recuse himself and demanded details on any ethics guidance he had received. President Donald Trump ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign and replaced him with Mr Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, last week.



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Republicans escalate Florida fraud claims amid recount

Republicans escalate Florida fraud claims amid recountSenior Republicans on Sunday doubled down on claims by Donald Trump that Democrats were attempting to steal the razor-thin senatorial race in Florida, accusing both the incumbent and election officials of fraud. The intensifying feud comes 18 years after the Sunshine State found itself at the heart of a battle for the US presidency, when George W. Bush prevailed over Al Gore after recounts were halted by the Supreme Court. Republican Rick Scott, the state’s governor until January when his term expires, launched into his rival Bill Nelson in his most direct terms to date Sunday, accusing him of orchestrating “fraud to try to win this election” as county officials scrambled to complete a recount by a Thursday deadline.



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Republicans Lose Control Of The House, But Trump Takes A Victory Lap Anyway

Republicans Lose Control Of The House, But Trump Takes A Victory Lap AnywayWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will see renewed congressional probes of



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Democrats wrest power from Republicans at the state level

Democrats wrest power from Republicans at the state levelDemocrats took six state legislative chambers from Republicans on Tuesday night.



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House Democrats win 222 seats as Republicans gain 2 Senate seats

House Democrats win 222 seats as Republicans gain 2 Senate seatsA divided country has a divided Congress, with votes in several states still to be confirmed. ABC News' Stephanie Ramos reports.



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Democrats take control of the House, but Trump voters bolster Republicans in the Senate

Democrats take control of the House, but Trump voters bolster Republicans in the SenateThe Democrats were projected to gain more seats than in 2006, the year they delivered what then-President George W. Bush described as a "thumping." 



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The Trump Administration's Response To Hurricane Maria Could Doom Florida Republicans

The Trump Administration's Response To Hurricane Maria Could Doom Florida RepublicansORLANDO, Fla. ― Arleen Sevilla moved swiftly from house to house. With a stack



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Republicans make a big pickup in Indiana Senate race

Republicans make a big pickup in Indiana Senate raceRepublican businessman Mike Braun defeated Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana on Tuesday in one of the tightest races of the election cycle.



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Republicans’ core message to Georgia voters: Be afraid of Stacey Abrams

Republicans’ core message to Georgia voters: Be afraid of Stacey AbramsThere is a core Republican message regarding Democrat Stacey Abrams in Georgia’s gubernatorial election: Be afraid. Be very afraid.



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FiveThirtyEight forecast: Democrats take the House, Republicans keep the Senate

FiveThirtyEight forecast: Democrats take the House, Republicans keep the SenateFiveThirtyEight Election Analyst Nathaniel Rakich explains how each party is likely to do in Congressional midterm races.



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