Monday, November 12

ByKevin Sheekey

Tweet of the Day:   Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action tweeted:
You all know about Lucy McBath’s amazing win on Tuesday. Her ⁦‪@MomsDemand‬⁩ colleagues are so proud of her. But did you know that 16 other Moms Demand Action volunteers and gun violence survivors from our organization won their races, too? Here’s a little more about each of them.


As the legendary news anchor Tim Russert famously said, it’s all about Florida, Florida, Florida.

Florida’s Senate and Governor’s races have gone to a recount because the Republicans’ advantage in both races has fallen below the 0.5 percent threshold required to trigger mandatory machine recounts, Florida’s Republican Secretary of State Ken Detzner said in a statement on Saturday. The move quickly drew rebukes from President Trump and Rick Scott, the state’s Republican governor now vying to be a U.S. senator, who alleged that political opponents were trying to “steal” the election.

Trump is not in a position to limit the vote count in Florida. The state can’t limit votes to those received by election night because it would disenfranchise Florida voters who are overseas, including military service members, who only have to mail their ballot by Election Day and have it arrive within 10 days, according to Florida’s Department of State .

In the Senate race, the unofficial count had Republican Scott leading incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson by about 12,600 votes among roughly 8.2 million votes cast in the Nov. 6 election. In the race for governor, Republican Ron DeSantis led Democrat Andrew Gillum by about 33,700 votes. The race for Florida’s agriculture commissioner will go to a recount as well, with Democrat Nikki Fried now edging Republican Matt Caldwell by about 5,300 votes.

Trump Claims ‘Honest Vote Count’ No Longer Possible in Florida (Bloomberg)

History Lesson: In 26 Recounts in Major Races in the U.S. since 2000, Only 3 Outcomes Changed (Miami Herald)
Senator Nelson’s lawyer, Marc Elias, said he expects Nelson’s losing margin to be erased by a recount and tweeted this morning that his firm was involved in two of the three recounts where the outcomes changed.

Georgia Election Update: Brian Kemp’s Lead Shrinks, Stacey Abrams to File New Lawsuit Seeking Count of More Provisional Ballots (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Blue Wave Continues: Republican Dana Rohrabacher Officially Loses Long-Held Republican Seat, Eroding GOP Foothold in California (New York Times)

Headlines from around the world.

Dining section.

London’s New Bloomberg Arcade Promises Myriad Gourmet Delights (Financial Times – subscription)
London’s sleek new gastro-hub, Bloomberg Arcade, is home to two exciting one-offs. And for an adventurous palate, it is an arcade that offers much amusement.

Best of late night.

“I saw that on Sunday, Veterans can get a free meal at Golden Coral and a free burrito at Chipotle. In response, Veterans were like ‘My God, haven’t we been through enough?’”
— Jimmy Fallon

“A restaurant in Chicago is serving the spaghetti dish from the movie ‘Elf’, which is pasta, topped with maple syrup, pop tarts, and candy. Or as it’s known in Chicago, a salad.”
— Jimmy Fallon

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