High­pro­file elec­tions in 3 states un­re­solved

Otago Daily Times - - WORLD -

NEW YORK: High­pro­file US elec­tions in Ge­or­gia, Florida and Ari­zona re­mained un­re­solved yesterday, two days af­ter the vote, and the prospect of le­gal chal­lenges, re­counts and bal­lot re­views set the stage for pos­si­ble weeks of un­cer­tainty.

The still­un­de­cided races will not tip the bal­ance in ei­ther cham­ber of Congress but in­clude con­tests in parts of the coun­try im­por­tant to the fu­tures of both par­ties and, po­ten­tially, to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­elec­tion chances in two years.

In Ge­or­gia, where Repub­li­can Brian Kemp de­clared vic­tory in the gov­er­nor’s con­test on Thurs­day on a nar­row lead, cam­paign of­fi­cials for Demo­crat Stacey Abrams vowed to pur­sue lit­i­ga­tion to en­sure all votes were counted.

Abrams is vy­ing to be­come the first black woman elected gov­er­nor of a US state.

The Ge­or­gia con­test came un­der na­tional scru­tiny be­cause of Kemp’s role as the state’s top elec­tion of­fi­cial. Vot­ing rights groups and prom­i­nent Democrats ac­cused him of us­ing his po­si­tion to sup­press mi­nor­ity votes, an al­le­ga­tion he strongly de­nied.

In Florida’s Se­nate race, Repub­li­can Gov­er­nor Rick Scott, with his lead over Demo­cratic in­cum­bent Bill Nel­son nar­row­ing, filed law­suits yesterday against elec­tion su­per­vi­sors in two coun­ties ac­cus­ing them of fail­ing to fol­low elec­tion law. A spokesman for Nel­son, Dan McLaugh­lin, said the law­suits were po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated and ‘‘born out of des­per­a­tion’’.

The Florida gov­er­nor’s race be­tween Repub­li­can Ron DeSan­tis and Demo­crat An­drew Gil­lum also ap­peared headed for an au­to­matic re­count, af­ter DeSan­tis’ lead nar­rowed yesterday, de­spite Gil­lum hav­ing con­ceded.

The hotly con­tested Se­nate race in Ari­zona be­tween two con­gress­women, Demo­crat Kyrsten Sinema and Repub­li­can Martha McSally, ap­peared days away from a fi­nal call, with hun­dreds of thou­sands of bal­lots yet to be tal­lied. Sinema took a slight lead over McSally yesterday as more bal­lots were counted.

An­other clus­ter of races in the lower House, where votes are still be­ing fi­nalised, could add to the Democrats’ new ma­jor­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to me­dia out­let calls and data com­pany DDHQ, Democrats now have flipped 32 seats — nine more than they needed to take over the House — with seven Repub­li­can­held dis­tricts still too close to call, in­clud­ing four in Cal­i­for­nia, where many bal­lots are yet to be counted. — Reuters

Brian Kemp

Stacey Abrams

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