The races for Governor and Senate are close in Florida but the Republicans lead. The Senate race has triggered a hand recount and the race for governor has triggered a machine recount. But it looks likely that the GOP's lead in both races will hold even after the recounts and the alleged impropriety surrounding the handling of them.
After a judge found her to have violated Florida elections law and amid reports of more highly suspicious actions by her office, the supervisor of elections for Broward County, Brenda Snipes, is expected to be "forced from office" by either Gov. Rick Scott or governor-elect Ron DeSantis, Politico reports.
"Counting unlawful votes. Destroying ballots. Sunshine Law violations. Busted deadlines," Politico's Marc Caputo writes. "So many controversies have bedeviled Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes — culminating in her office’s troubles in the aftermath of Florida’s chaotic 2018 elections — that her days in office are now numbered, insiders and lawmakers say."
Even Snipes' fellow Democrats have begun to abandon her amid her increasingly indefensible mishandling of the count, which has already resulted in a judge finding her in violation of Florida election law, Snipes' office accidentally mixing invalidated ballots into legitimate results, and a suspicious series of reports of "found" ballots and illegally transported ballots.
The situation is adding up to "the increasing likelihood of an embarrassing suspension from office at the hands of either Gov. Rick Scott or his likely successor, Ron DeSantis," Caputo reports.