Ex-Bush strategist: Count all the votes in Florida, don’t repeat mistakes of 2000

Ex-Bush strategist: Count all the votes in Florida, don’t repeat mistakes of 2000
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A former aide on George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign urged Florida officials to count all the votes from Tuesday’s midterm elections, urging the state to avoid the same “grave injustice” from the contentious recount 18 years ago.

“Not counting all the votes in Florida in 2000 was a grave injustice and caused many to question the legitimacy of Bush election,” Matthew Dowd tweeted Friday. “Let us not repeat that injustice in FL and AZ this year. Count all the votes."

Dowd worked on the Bush campaign in 2000 and was a chief strategist during the 2004 reelection campaign. Democrat Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreJam-packed primary poses a serious threat to Democrats in 2020 Kamala Harris says she is open to abolishing Electoral College Dem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived in sin' as way to perpetuate slavery MORE won the popular vote in 2000 and fought a 36-day battle to recount votes in Florida.

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The Florida Supreme Court proposed a recount in 2000 that was ultimately stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court, giving Bush a majority in the Electoral College. Gore later conceded the race to Bush.

The 2018 Florida Senate race between Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonEx-House Intel chair: Intel panel is wrong forum to investigate Trump's finances The Hill's Morning Report - Trump budget reignites border security fight 2020 party politics in Puerto Rico MORE (D) and Gov. Rick Scott (R) has tightened and appears headed for a recount.

Scott appeared to have the lead, but new vote tallies, primarily from Broward and Palm Beach counties, have narrowed the gap. He led Nelson by 0.18 percentage point on Thursday, below the 0.25 threshold that triggers a hand recount.

Scott filed a lawsuit against Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, alleging that her office withheld information regarding how many people voted, how many ballots have been counted and how many more votes have not been tallied in Broward.

In Arizona, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) took the lead Thursday in the state’s too-close-to-call Senate race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump's attacks on McCain exacerbate tensions with Senate GOP Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar Trump keeps tight grip on GOP MORE (R). She now holds a 9,610-vote lead over Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyGallego won't seek Ariz. Senate seat, clearing Dem path for Kelly Arpaio's wife recovering after rattlesnake bite in Arizona Former astronaut running for Senate in Arizona returns money from paid speech in UAE MORE (R).

Approximately 500,000 votes remain uncounted.

The Arizona GOP filed a lawsuit after Sinema jumped ahead, alleging the state’s county recorders didn’t follow the standard procedure for addressing voter concerns over mail-in ballots.

A judge rejected the GOP’s demands to immediately limit vote counts and scheduled a Friday hearing regarding 5,600 votes from Maricopa County.