Gillum Rescinds Concession in Florida Race; Taunts Trump on Twitter
Tensions are rising in the Florida gubernatorial race, with Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum rescinding his concession and telling an audience in Ft. Lauderdale, “You better count every vote.”
Gillum initially conceded last Tuesday, but has since reversed course, saying,””I am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromising and unapologetic call that we count every single vote.”
I am replacing my earlier concession with an unapologetic and uncompromised call to count every vote.
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) November 10, 2018
Gillum’s announcement came just hours after the Florida Secretary of State announced a recount in the gubernatorial, senate and agriculture commissioner races.
As it currently stands, GOP candidate Ron DeSantis leads Gillum, 49.59 percent to 49.18 percent.
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Republicans have expressed serious concerns over the Broward County supervisor of elections, Brenda Snipes, who has a history of illegally destroying ballots, losing ballots and allowing illegal immigrants and felons to vote.
Consider this breakdown from Breitbart of some of Snipes’ questionable or downright illegal behavior:
- In 2017, Dr. Snipes admitted in court that her office had allowed non-citizens and felons to vote and was particularly vulnerable ahead of major elections.
- In 2012, a Broward elections official complained about Snipes tendency to “find” additional ballots in close elections. Ilene Lieberman, a Broward County Commissioner and Canvassing board member, told the Miami CBS affiliate in 2012, “When the canvassing board recessed on Saturday we were basically told there were between 150 and 165 ballots remained to be counted, that they had to double check, that they hadn’t been counted before. And when we came back on Monday the report showed 963 new ballots.”
- Snipes also presided over a “phantom voting district” of 2000 voters who were using illegal addresses, many of them at a UPS Store, claimed as their places of residence.
- Republican Party officials sued Snipes’ office in 2016 over the illegal counting of 180,000 mail in ballots, she admitted that she didn’t know the meaning of the word “canvassing.” Snipes’ office had been opening ballots illegally, without the legally required participation of other members of the canvasing board.
President Trump took to Twitter today and said the elections should be called for Republican Ron DeSantis for Governor and Republican Rick Scott for Senate, citing “massively infected” ballots.
“The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged,” he wrote. “An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!”
The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged. An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2018
Gillum taunted the President, responding on the Twitter, “You sound nervous.”
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) November 12, 2018