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Nelson needs ‘royal flush' in court cases, but will likely come up short

Posted On: Nov 14, 2018   |   Posted By: Politico

MIAMI - From changing the rules over divining voter intent in recounts to striking down laws over absentee ballot mail-in deadlines and signature mismatches, the post-Election Day lawsuits filed by Sen. Bill Nelson 's campaign indicate he probably can't win without the help of the courts. But even then, experts say, Nelson faces long odds in his bid to flip the results in his Senate race against Gov. Rick Scott. The Republican challenger led by 12,652 votes heading into the contest's automatic recount, which ends Thursday and will likely lead to a manual recount next. Nelson has two major problems, experts say: Nelson's lawsuits were filed so late and courts generally frown on last-minute post-election changes, and the margin he trails Scott by is so big that even expanding the pool of available ballots to count makes it highly unlikely that Nelson could make up enough ground. “A royal flush is right on the money. Nelson would have to have a perfect hand,” said Michael Morley, a Florida State University...

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