Florida orders a recount, Trump evokes fraud without evidence

Florida on Saturday ordered a recount of votes in the tight election of the state governor and a senator, marked by malfunctions, Donald Trump evoking frauds without evidence.

The results of this new count, ordered by the Secretary of State of Florida, Ken Detzner, in application of the texts in force, will have to be transmitted to the local authorities at the latest Thursday at 15:00 local (20:00 GMT).

For the election of the governor, unofficial results released on Saturday show that Republican Ron DeSantis, who was supported by Donald Trump, ahead of Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum, one of the new high-profile faces of the opposition party, only 33,684 votes on more than 8.2 million ballots, or 0.41%.

The race between Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and his Republican rival Rick Scott, the current governor of Florida, was even tighter: Scott's advance consisted of 12,562 votes, a margin of 0.15 percentage points ( 50.07% vs. 49.92%).

The climate has been very tense since Tuesday night in Florida, a state accustomed to stretching and controversy.

After the announcement of a new count, Andrew Gillum returned on Tuesday's speech, in which he acknowledged his defeat, to call now, "without complex and without concession", to "recount all the ballots".

Donald Trump for his part has reported a risk of electoral manipulation, that no proven element can justify at this stage.

"They are trying to FLY two polls in Florida!", Tweeted the American president, from France where he took part in the commemorations of the armistice of November 11, 1918. "We follow that closely!"

– Memories of 2000 –

Since Tuesday, Donald Trump has several times implied that some local Florida officials sought to rig the results in favor of the Democrats, speaking of "shame for our country and for democracy".

He mainly blamed the counties of Broward and Palm Beach, whose voters largely topped Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

To make matters worse, the head of elections in Broward County, Brenda Snipes, admitted Friday to have unintentionally mixed a few dozen invalid ballots with votes consistent in the count.

Rick Scott's campaign sued Brenda Snipes and his counterpart in Palm Beach County for violating the electoral code.

The other Florida senator, Marco Rubio, whose seat was not in play at the polls, put oil on fire by relaying the video of a notorious conspiracy, in which newsletters would be smuggled.

In general, it is not so much the small difference in the two polls as the malfunctions noted during the initial counting.

For several specialists, the large number of postal votes would have contributed to clogging the electoral machine during this election.

In addition, according to the Miami Herald, more than 25,000 voters have not completed the part of the newsletter devoted to the appointment of a new senator, feeding the suspicion of a failure, hypothesis refuted by Brenda Snipes.

Nearly twenty years ago, the "Sunshine State" (sunny state, his nickname) had already been talked about during the historic muddle of the American presidential election of 2000.

Florida then occupied the world's media when only a few votes separated Republican George W. Bush from Democrat Al Gore.

The striking images of officials scrutinizing, sometimes with a magnifying glass, one by one punched punched ballots have marked the memories.

The process was finally decided by the US Supreme Court. The Republican defeated the Democrat in Florida by 537 votes and won the presidential election.

Florida, however, was not the only US state still beset by uncertainty on Saturday.

In neighboring Georgia, Democratic presidential candidate Stacey Abrams is holding on to counting the last ballots against Republican rival Brian Kemp, who has about 60,000 votes in advance.

In Arizona, it is a senator who is in the balance, the Democrat Kyrsten Sinema with about 18,000 votes ahead of his rival Republican Martha McSally, but tens of thousands of newsletters remained to be tapped on Saturday.

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