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Rick Scott appears with GOP senators, ignores voter fraud question as recount continues

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) appeared with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell makes failed bid to adjourn Senate after hours-long delay Paul Ryan to host fundraiser for Cheney amid GOP tensions Senate Democrats near deal to reduce jobless boost to 0 MORE (R-Ky.) and freshman senators on Capitol Hill on Wednesday as the recount in the state's Senate race continues.

Scott ignored a question from a reporter when asked whether he still believes there is fraud going in the Senate race. 

Scott stood with Republican Sen.-elects Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDemocratic centrists flex power on Biden legislation Ron Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many Romney's TRUST Act is a Trojan Horse to cut seniors' benefits MORE (Utah), Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnRepublicans blast Pentagon policy nominee over tweets, Iran nuclear deal White House defends Biden's 'Neanderthal thinking' remark on masks Marsha Blackburn: Biden needs to 'rethink' comments about 'resilient' and 'resourceful' Neanderthals MORE (Tenn.), Josh Hawley (Mo.), Mike Braun (Ind.), and Kevin CramerKevin John CramerSenate braces for 'God-awful,' 'stupid' session ahead of COVID-19 relief vote Ron Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill MORE (N.D.). 

The Florida governor has accused officials in Broward County and Palm Beach of being engaged in voter fraud and of trying to steal the election for his opponent incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D) as the state conducts a recount. 

Scott sued the supervisors in the counties, but on Monday a judge ruled against his request to have the voting machines used in Broward County impounded, finding no evidence of voter fraud.

Scott currently holds a narrow lead over Nelson. 

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE has also alleged voter fraud took place in the state's Senate and gubernatorial races.

Former Rep. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisDeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Top Florida Democrat calls on FBI to investigate DeSantis over vaccine distribution Rick Scott caught in middle of opposing GOP factions MORE (R) currently leads over Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) in the state's race 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,” Trump tweeted. “An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!"

— Julia Manchester