Scott Recuses Himself From Certifying Florida Recount Results

NAPLES, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 06: Florida Governor Rick Scott and his wife, Ann Scott, along with their daughters, Jordan Scott (L) and Alison Guimard (2nd R) take to the stage during his election night party at the La... NAPLES, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 06: Florida Governor Rick Scott and his wife, Ann Scott, along with their daughters, Jordan Scott (L) and Alison Guimard (2nd R) take to the stage during his election night party at the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort on November 06, 2018 in Naples, Florida. Governor Scott defeated Sen. Bill Nelson for the Florida Senate seat. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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November 14, 2018 2:27 p.m.
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GOP Florida Gov. Rick Scott pledged Wednesday to recuse himself from certifying election results in his high-stakes race to replace Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

“I recused myself from certifying results on the Elections Canvassing Commission in 2014, and I will do so again this year,” Scott said in a tweet, referring to his 2014 gubernatorial reelection bid. “This is nothing new. Bill Nelson is confused and doesn’t even know how Florida works- I have no role in supervising/ overseeing the ongoing recount process.

Nelson’s campaign has argued that Scott could not be trusted to certify the results of the race, which is currently in the middle of a tense machine recount process and the subject of a swirl of lawsuits filed by each campaign. Common Cause and the League of Women Voters sued to push Scott to remove himself from the process.

Scott currently holds a lead of just 12,600 votes over Nelson ahead of Thursday’s deadline for the machine recount to be completed.

A federal judge in Tallahassee is expected to decide Wednesday afternoon on Nelson’s request that thousands of provisional and mail-in ballots rejected over apparent signature mismatches be counted.

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