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Trump sends lawyers to Florida as recount looms

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Published on November 9, 2018 - Duration: 01:22s

Trump sends lawyers to Florida as recount looms

U.S. President Donald Trump criticized elections officials in Florida on Friday and announced that he was sending lawyers to the state where votes are still being counted.

Nathan Frandino reports.

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Trump sends lawyers to Florida as recount looms

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "Bad things have gone on in Broward County." President Donald Trump on Friday slammed officials in Florida over the state's unresolved election results as the senate and governor races appear headed for recounts.

Trump then Tweeted that he was sending lawyers to Broward County to expose what he called election fraud -- but offered no evidence to support his claim.

The still undecided senate race pits Trump ally - Republican Governor Rick Scott - against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.

Scott's lead narrowed on Friday to about 15,000 votes... which is below the state's quarter percent threshold for a recount by HAND Scott filed a lawsuit against election supervisors in Broward and Palm Beach counties, where votes are still being counted.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FLORIDA GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT, REPUBLICAN SENATE CANDIDATE, SAYING: "The people of Florida deserve fairness and transparency and the supervisors are failing to give them to us.

Every Floridian should be concerned that there may be rampant fraud happening in Palm Beach and Broward Counties." Nelson, meanwhile, called the lawsuits politically motivated.

In the governor's race, an automatic recount is likely for Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum.

DeSantis had a .45 percent lead -- just under the 1/2 percent margin for an electronic recount.

Gillum had conceded but said his campaign was prepared for any outcome.

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