President Donald Trump’s attorney suggested Thursday night that election officials in Florida were engaging in election tampering to throw the marquee Senate and gubernatorial elections in the state to Democrats, allegations for which he offered no proof.
Rudy Giuliani, in a string of tweets, accused heavily Democratic Broward and Palm Beach counties of “creating” votes as its counting continues into its third day, offering no evidence to back his claims.
In the gubernatorial race, former GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis’ lead over Democrat Andrew Gillum narrowed to less than half of a percentage point, a margin that would trigger an automatic recount under Florida law. Gillum conceded defeat late Tuesday night but on Thursday, he released a statement saying that all votes should be counted.
Giuliani tweeted: "Hillary’s lawyers trying to steal Florida election. They are still counting (or creating) ballots just in Democratic Broward and Palm Beach. All other votes in the state. Court should disqualify votes counted only after all other counties were finished," Giuliani wrote, referring to 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "Democrats love to say there is no voter fraud in US. That’s because it is a regular part of their machine politics and you have to be naive, even simple minded not to recognize it. Investigate Broward and Palm Beach Counties in FL and I’m told you will find plenty."
The state’s Senate race, between GOP Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, has remained equally close and has continued to narrow. Nelson has not conceded to Scott, who has held a slim lead since election night, and said Wednesday he would move forward with a recount. At least one other race in the state, for agriculture commissioner, is also heading to a recount.
The discrepancy has come down to Broward and Palm Beach counties, a traditionally Democratic area in South Florida, that has lagged significantly behind the rest of the state in reporting vote counts. Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Committee filed suit on Thursday against the Broward County election supervisor, accusing her of withholding information.
The delays have fueled a wave of conspiracy theories, including Giuliani’s assertion that the counties are “creating” ballots in favor of Nelson and Gillum.
On Twitter, Giuliani asked whether the counties’ slow count was because of “incompetence or fraud” and asked whether the delay was because they are “waiting to create more votes.”
The state must finish its initial vote tally before it can move to the recount, which will begin Saturday.
Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine