It took two weeks but the race for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat is (finally) over.
I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of public service. This…
He got a quick congrats from President Donald Trump, as well.
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
Outgoing U.S. Senator Bill Nelson made his own video statement on the recount where he stayed optimistic and admitted defeat.
Nelson doesn’t sound like someone who is planning to go away, but I doubt the 76-year-old will try to run against either Rubio or Senator-elect Rick Scott.
One thing Miami Herald noted is Florida could see changes to electoral laws due to the craziness of this month.
Florida’s political leaders have already said that it’s likely they’ll reexamine the state’s recount and elections laws in 2019 when the newly constituted Legislature convenes. And election law experts say there’s a clear need to revisit issues related to the certification of vote-tabulation equipment, ballot uniformity, “deadlines and policies for rejecting absentee and provisional ballots.
But, despite the fact that Florida once again became a punchline for nightly talk show hosts, the procedures put in place following the 2000 presidential recount also seem to have largely worked. Unlike that process — which left it to candidates to request recounts in specific counties — this time the state had clear mandates and deadlines.
Of course, the 2018 election still isn’t over since there’s a runoff in Mississippi (set for next week) but the GOP is going to increase its majority by at least one seat. We’ll see where it goes from there – and if the GOP raises its majority to 53 seats over 45 Democrats and two Independents who caucus with Democrats.
At least the ‘national nightmare’ of Florida is over.