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Rick Scott defeats Bill Nelson in Florida Senate race after recount



Rick Scott Florida
Gov. Rick Scott, speaks to Cuban-American supporters at a
campaign stop, in Hialeah, Fla

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  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott defeated Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson
    Sunday in a contentious race for the state’s Senate seat.
  • Scott led Nelson by more than 10,000 votes Sunday after the
    recount’s noon deadline, according to the Associated Press.
  • Over the course of the campaign, Scott baselessly claimed
    rampant voter fraud and reportedly spent more than $60 million to
    defeat Nelson, who served three terms after first being elected
    to the US Senate in 2000.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott defeated Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson
Sunday in a contentious race for a Senate seat.

The Associated Press reported
after the recount that Scott led the three-term incumbent Nelson
by more than 10,000 votes.

The victory comes over a week after Election Day, when Scott was
expected to defeat Nelson but only led by 0.15 percentage points,
triggering a hand recount.

In the recount, election officials and volunteers had to examine
ballots from which tabulation machines couldn’t determine which
candidate got the vote.

Read more: 3 reasons Florida’s elections are
a perennial chaotic nightmare

Scott’s win is the second hard-fought Republican victory in the
state within a day after Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded in
the race for Florida governor to Republican Ron DeSantis on
Saturday night.

The Senate race drew national attention as Scott made headlines
throughout the campaign with repeated claims that Nelson was
trying to garner votes from fraudulent ballots and those cast by

“He is trying to commit fraud to win this election,” Scott
told Fox News without offering
further evidence. “Bill Nelson’s a sore loser. He’s been in
politics way too long.”

No state department, including the election division Scott heads,
has found any
no evidence of voter fraud
. The Florida Department of Law
Enforcement said it has not launched
any investigation into election fraud. And a judge slapped down Republicans’
fraud claims
, telling politicians to “ramp down the

With Scott’s seat secured, Republicans have an even more
comfortable majority of the US Senate.

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