Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday night accused “unethical liberals” of trying to steal a Senate race from him – and announced his campaign is suing election officials in two Sunshine State counties.
“I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of Florida,” Scott said at a press conference Thursday night, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
In separate complaints, the Scott campaign accused Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes and Palm Beach County elections supervisor Susan Bucher of withholding details on voting tabulations, according to the report.
Final vote tallies in Scott’s Senate election and the state’s governor’s race have not been collected.
“Their goal is to keep mysteriously finding votes until the election turns out the way they want,” Scott said.
The complaints come after Scott’s lead over Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson narrowed after he declared victory on Tuesday night.
President Trump offered support for Scott on Twitter Thursday night.
“Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach. Florida voted for Rick Scott!” Trump tweeted.
A spokesperson for Snipes told the Tampa Bay Times that Scott’s action was a desperate move.
“The goal here is to see that all the votes in Florida are counted and counted accurately,” Dan McLaughlin told the newspaper. “Rick Scott’s action appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation.”
Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who is narrowly trailing his GOP rival in the polls after the election, also questioned the basis of Scott’s lawsuits on Thursday night.
“Mr. @FLGovScott — counting votes isn’t partisan — it’s democracy,” Gillum tweeted.
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