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Sen. Graham, Trump Accuse Democrats Of ‘Stealing’ Election By Demanding All Votes Be Counted

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Sen. Graham, Trump Accuse Democrats Of ‘Stealing’ Election By Demanding All Votes Be Counted





Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Friday became the latest Republican lawmaker to claim that Democrats are attempting to “steal” elections in Florida without providing a shred of evidence to support his claim.

“They are trying to steal this election,” Graham said on Fox News’ Hannity Friday evening. “It’s not going to work.”

As of Saturday afternoon, Republican candidate for Senate Rick Scott, who is also the current governor of Florida, is leading the Democratic candidate, Bill Nelson, by less than 15,000 votes, a difference of less than .25 percent, which will require a hand recount of ballots from tabulation machines that couldn’t determine which candidate got the vote.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis was leading Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum by just over 36,000 votes, a difference of just 0.44 percent and qualifying for a machine recount.

Gov. Scott, President Trump, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio have all claimed without offering evidence that Democrats are tampering with the election. Their claims seem to imply that Democrats’ demands that all votes be counted is somehow “theft” or “fraud.”



Trump wrote a tweet Saturday afternoon that seemed to allude to the recount, saying: “Trying to STEAL two big elections in Florida! We are watching closely!”

Standing on the front porch of the Florida Governor’s Mansion on Thursday evening, Scott accused “unethical liberals” of attempting to steal a U.S. Senate seat from him without providing evidence to support his claims.

He asked the state law enforcement agency under his control to investigate Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes’ operation at the hastily called news conference. The Tampa Bay Times notes that the Governor’s Mansion, the official state residence, is “a taxpayer-funded site traditionally off-limits to all partisan political activity.”

“Every Floridian should be concerned there may be rampant fraud happening in Palm Beach and Broward counties,” Scott said without providing evidence of fraud. “I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of Florida.”

“Their goal is to keep mysteriously finding votes until the election turns out the way they want,” Scott added.

“Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach. Florida voted for Rick Scott!” Trump tweeted on Thursday after Scott’s press conference.

However, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger told the Tampa Bay Times on Friday that Scott did not submit his request in writing, and that no allegation of voter fraud in Broward has been sent to the Department of State, which oversees elections.

“We do not have an active investigation,” Plessinger confirmed.

Dan McLaughlin, a spokesman for Scott’s opponent, Sen. Bill Nelson, accused Scott of a baseless partisan claim. “The goal here is to see that all the votes in Florida are counted and counted accurately,” he said in a statement. “Rick Scott’s action appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation.”

Despite Scott’s claims of election fraud, his legal team failed to bring up any of those claims in court on Friday in connection to a lawsuit filed against Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes and Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher.




Gillum called for every vote to be counted at a press conference on Saturday.

“I am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromised and unapologetic call that we count every single vote,” he said.


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