Trump,without proof, calls Florida ballots 'massively infected,' demands recounts end

Trump,without proof, calls Florida ballots 'massively infected,' demands recounts end
  • By Cheyenne Haslett

Nov 12, 2018, 8:04 AM ET

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Just after returning from his trip to Europe, President Donald Trump on Monday morning turned back to the increasingly bitter battle over recounts in the Senate and governor’s races in Florida, calling ballots “massively infected” and making claims of fraud without providing any evidence.

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The president said the results from Election Night should be accepted and Republicans Rick Scott declared the winner in the Senate race and Ron DeSantis in the contest for governor.

The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged. An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2018

Razor-thin margins in the Senate and gubernatorial races, as well as in the race for agriculture commissioner, triggered a mandatory machine recount Saturday.

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