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 GoreClarence Thomas breaks his silence in theaters nationwide New Hampshire only exacerbates Democratic Party agita What Trump got right 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 NelsonThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade Lobbying world Bottom Line 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 FlakeMcSally launches 2020 campaign Sinema will vote to convict Trump Senate drama surrounding Trump trial starts to fizzle MORE (R). She now holds a 9,610-vote lead over Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyErnst endorses bipartisan Grassley-Wyden bill to lower drug prices Eleventh Democratic presidential debate to be held in Phoenix The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats brace for New Hampshire results 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.