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Rick Scott GAINS votes in Fla.; calls on Nelson to hang it up

(National SentinelGame Over: Democrats have tried their best to still his U.S. Senate victory, but Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling on his vanquished opponent, incumbent Dem Sen. Bill Nelson, to concede after gaining nearly 900 ballots following a machine recount.

That’s not likely to happen, however, because votes “found” after Scott handily won on election day last week narrowed his victory margin to 0.15 percent. Mandatory recounts must be done if candidate vote tallies are separated by 0.25 percent or less.

Scott gained 865 votes in the machine recount, which bolstered his margin to 13,427 votes over Nelson among some 8.2 million ballots cast.

According to the Miami Herald, Broward, Palm Beach, and Hillsborough counties were unable to meet Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline to submit their machine recounts, and as such, the previous tallies were used instead.

Mind you, Floridians can avoid prolonging the obvious and a hand recount but it would require Nelson to do the right thing — concede that he lost. But of course, he’s not about to do that.

That said, Scott is putting pressure on Nelson to do just that.

“With the statewide machine recount finished, our margin of victory has increased by nearly 1000 votes. @SenBillNelson, it’s time to admit this race is over,” he tweeted Thursday afternoon.

In a statement, Scott added: “We need to put this election behind us, and it is time for Bill Nelson to respect the will of the voters and graciously bring this process to an end rather than proceed with yet another count of the votes, which will yield the same result, and bring more embarrassment to the state that we both love and have served.”

The Washington Examiner reported that a manual recount will begin immediately in all of the state’s 67 counties in order to meet a Sunday deadline.

The fact that when Republicans lose, as Rep. Martha McSally at least appears to have in Arizona, they concede and do so gracefully because they respect our electoral processes.

Democrats…not so much.

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