A former campaign aide involved with George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential bid is urging officials in Florida to count every vote from Tuesday’s elections in order to avoid the “grave injustice” that occurred nearly two decades ago.
> “Not counting all the votes in Florida in 2000 was a grave injustice and caused many to question the legitimacy of Bush election,” Matthew Dowd tweeted Friday. “Let us not repeat that injustice in FL and AZ this year. Count all the votes."
> Dowd worked on the Bush campaign in 2000 and was a chief strategist during the 2004 reelection campaign. Democrat Al Gore won the popular vote in 2000 and and fought a 36-day battle to recount votes in Florida.
> The Florida Supreme Court proposed a recount in 2000 that was ultimately stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court, giving Bush a majority in the Electoral College. Gore later conceded the race to Bush.
Now, 18 years later, the Senate race between Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott looks like it is heading in the same direction, as an already tight race that appeared to favor Scott has tightened even further.
> Scott appeared to have the lead, but new vote tallies, primarily from Broward and Palm Beach counties, have narrowed the gap. He led Nelson by 0.18 percentage point on Thursday, below the 0.25 threshold that triggers a hand recount.
> Scott filed a lawsuit against Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, alleging that her office withheld information regarding how many people voted, how many ballots have been counted and how many more votes have not been tallied in Broward.
Meanwhile, in Arizona a similar situation is shaping up, The Hill reported.
> In Arizona, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) took the lead Thursday in the state’s too-close-to-call Senate race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R). She now holds a 9,610-vote lead over Rep. Martha McSally (R).
Another 500,000 votes have yet to be counted in that race.