GOP Protest Erupts Outside Broward Elections Office Amid Vote Count

A crowd protests outside the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office Nov. 9, 2018, in Lauderhill, Fla.  (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A group of about 30 sign-holding Republican protesters gathered outside the office of Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, singing “The Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America.”

As the counting of ballots resumed Friday afternoon, Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz called Snipe “either incompetent or corrupt” and accused her of “spinning ballots out of nothing” in the Senate seat between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.

Gaetz, whose district is in Florida’s Panhandle, also said the state should take over the Broward elections office.

Protesters held signs that said, “Brenda Snipes has to go,” ”stop creating votes” and “don’t steal our election.”

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