Recounts seldom change results in elections….
It didn’t in Florida this time either….
Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson has conceded Florida’s Senate race to his Republican opponent Gov. Rick Scott following a hand recount.
“I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of public service. This victory would not be possible without the hard work of so many people,” Scott said in a statement. “Now the campaign truly is behind us, and that’s where we need to leave it.”
While there is a run-off still to come in Mississippi, the Scott win makes it most likely the Senate Republicans will hold a 53-47 majority in the 116th Congress.
Much of the Florida suspense was, predictably, in Broward County, where the vote counting was rather slow and deliberate and a pattern of under votes in the Senate contest emerged. But as county officials worked through the hand recount ordered after the margin was within 0.15 percent statewide, it was clear Nelson couldn’t make up the deficit.
The race was the most expensive Senate contest in the Sunshine State’s history.
On election night, Scott came out to greet supporters in a resort ballroom in Naples shortly before midnight, and he declared victory even though Nelson had not conceded and the Associated Press had not yet called the race.
“Now that this campaign is behind us, that’s where we’re going to leave it,” Scott said, saying the contest with Nelson had been “too nasty.”….
Florida and Ohio had strong voting FOR Republicans this time unlike for Obama election years…..