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Scott campaign files 3 recount lawsuits against South Florida counties

'Governor is seeking to throw out lawful votes,' Nelson campaign says

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott filed several lawsuits against Broward and Palm Beach counties Sunday as the state undergoes recounts in three key races, including U.S. Senate and Florida governor.

Scott, a Republican, is narrowly leading Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson by 12,562 votes, a margin of 0.15 percentage points.

The Scott campaign accused Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Buchner and Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes of "continued antics, failures and willful disregard of the law."

In one complaint against Snipes, the Scott campaign is suing to prevent votes counted by the county after the noon Saturday deadline from being part of the recount. 

The campaign announced it is filing two other lawsuits against Snipes and Susan Buchner, requesting voting tabulation equipment be impounded after the machine recount is completed. The lawsuits also request both supervisors be required to preserve all ballots and records connected with the 2018 election.

The Nelson campaign called the lawsuits a "stunt."

"Let's be clear about what we are witnessing in Florida: The sitting governor is seeking to throw out lawful votes and seize the voting equipment in order to win an election," said Marc Elias, a lawyer for the Nelson campaign.