Florida's Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi wrote a letter to the state's Department of Law Enforcement saying she was "deeply troubled" that the agency had not pursued Scott's request for an investigation into what he said was potential voter fraud in the Senate election.
In a key court battle, a federal judge said he was unlikely to order election officials to automatically count thousands of mail-in ballots that were rejected because the signatures on the ballots did not match signatures on file.
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump is attempting to bully Florida election officials out of doing their jobs.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Nikki Fried was leading Matt Caldwell by 5,326 votes in the Agriculture Commissioner race, Governor Rick Scott was leading incumbent Bill Nelson by 12,562 votes in the race for U.S. Senate and former congressman Ron DeSantis was leading Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by 33,684 votes.
Marco Rubio, the Miami native and Republican senator from Florida, voiced his opinion on the ongoing voting recount happening in the state with a sports analogy.
"When the machine recount is complete on Thursday, Nelson will have to decide if he wants to preserve his legacy and go out with dignity or if he wants to be forever remembered as the guy that liberal interest groups used in an effort to win the presidential election two years early", said Scott for Florida spokesman Chris Hartline. In a statement to CNN, Snipes attorney, Eugene Pettis said: "She is committed to fulfilling all of her responsibilities under the law to make sure that the integrity of this election is maintained and that every legally cast vote will be counted and submitted to the state in a timely fashion".
Stop me if you've heard this before: A close election is playing out in Florida, and it's headed for a recount amidst accusations of bad ballot design, polling place irregularities, rejections of ballots over "signature mismatches" and misinformation. Both Nelson, whose efforts have been steered by lawyer Marc Elias, and the campaign of his opponent, Republican Gov. Rick Scott, are increasingly turning to the courts in an effort to shape a broader fight over the scope of the count and, eventually, final recount.
At the Broward County elections center, about 30 workers gathered around a dozen counting machines counting ballots on Wednesday morning.
The Palm Beach County suit was originally filed by the Democratic candidate running to represent state House District 89 against the Florida Secretary of State, the Palm Beach Canvassing Board and Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher. The only ballots that can be received after 7 p.m. on Election Day are those from overseas military personnel.
The developments are fueling frustrations among Democrats and Republicans as the recount unfolds more than a week after Election Day. Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have argued without evidence that voter fraud threatens to steal races from the GOP.
Nelson on Tuesday also renewed Democratic calls for Scott to recuse himself from any official duties related to the recount.
During the brief photo-op in McConnell's Capitol office, Scott did not reply to a question about whether he contends there was fraud in the election. But two of the pending four lawsuits ask that a federal judge delay the deadlines so all counties can finish processing the crush of ballots. After Election Day, Trump's aides pointed to the GOP's seeming success in the state as a validation that the president's path to re-election remained clear - a narrative that has grown hazier as the outcomes have become less certain. Then workers grab another stack and repeat the process.
All three of those statewide races are now under a state mandated machine recount. In the governor's contest, unofficial results showed DeSantis ahead of Gillum by 0.41 percentage points. In the Senate race, Scott's lead over Nelson was 0.14 percentage points.
As the vote counts tightened last week, Murphy checked the Palm Beach County elections website and saw his mail-in vote was scrapped because of an invalid signature. "You just wonder how many other cases there are".
"In a state like Florida that has a history of really close elections ... where it's really a coin toss of a state, these kind of errors and mishaps", are troubling.