A Democrat senate candidate loser wants a recount. Perhaps he thinks there was Russian meddling?
There was meddling in his race, as the president himself got involved.
The Republican challenger Gov. Rick Scott claimed victory just before midnight Tuesday, when he held a lead of about 0.8 percentage points with a handful of precincts to be counted.
Shortly after that, incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson released a statement that the results were disappointing, but never conceded the race.
As more votes were counted overnight, though, the race tightened to less than the 0.5 margin that triggers an automatic recount.
“We are proceeding to a recount,” Nelson said this morning, in a brief statement.
We get it. No one wants to be the democrat Trump wiped off the map.
But no matter, the margin, a win is a win. Even if by one vote. If Nelson won’t concede, the concession will be made for him.
Folks on Twitter were happy to weigh in.
Senator Bill Nelson is crying that he lost now @SenBillNelson after all these years office time for retirement now
— Ed Clarke Jr (@EdClarkeJr) November 7, 2018
Looking forward to “found ballots on a flash drive.”
— Nikki BAEley🗯️ (@libertarianQN) November 7, 2018
— Christine Holmes (@Happy_Holmes) November 7, 2018
It would be in Nelson’s best interest to change tactics. At this point, he should focus on a graceful exit. Yet, he’d rather cling to pipe dreams.
Florida Today continues:
Scott campaign spokesman Chris Hartline told the Tampa Bay Times this morning, “The race is over,” but he acknowledged a recount will likely go forward based on the narrow margin between the candidates — unless Nelson declines to proceed.
“It’s a sad way for Bill Nelson to end his career,” Hartline said. “He is desperately trying to hold on to something that no longer exists.”