Incumbent Democrat Senator Bill Nelson has officially conceded the Florida Senate race to Republican challenger Rick Scott. Nelson’s concession came after a state-ordered manual recount showed Scott leading Nelson by more than 10,000 votes.
Rick Scott had said that Bill Nelson had called him to “graciously” concede. Nelson also released a statement confirming his concession of the race via Twitter.
Well, things turned out a little differently than we had hoped, but I by no means feel defeated. That’s because I’ve had the privilege of serving the people of Florida for most of my life. It’s been a rewarding journey and a very humbling experience. No one could be more blessed. pic.twitter.com/aGIf5nFcyZ
— Nelson for U.S. Senate (@NelsonForSenate) November 18, 2018
President Trump tweeted a message congratulating Rick Scott on his victory over Nelson.
From day one Rick Scott never wavered. He was a great Governor and will be even a greater Senator in representing the People of Florida. Congratulations to Rick on having waged such a courageous and successful campaign!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2018
Rick Scott’s victory marks the first time in over 100 years that Florida has had two Republican Senators.
Nelson’s concession marks the end of a contentious race filled with accusations of incompetence and cheating. Much of the criticism has been levied at Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes. Snipes’ office has experienced numerous issues throughout the electoral process, including missing Thursday’s deadline for a machine recount by two minutes.
There was serious doubt as to whether or not Broward County would finish their manual recount by today’s deadline. Especially after it was determined that volunteers spent much of yesterday counting the wrong ballots.
Brenda Snipes has faced calls to step down from both sides of the political aisle. There are rumors that she will be stepping down soon.