Florida deja vu as state election hit by chaos, fraud accusations
WASHINGTON, Nov 10: Florida has made a troubling return to the election spotlight 18 years after the drama that launched George W Bush's presidency, as the state braces for race recounts amid tit-for-tat accusations of fraud.
Two major contests in the southeastern state, for governor and US Senate, hung in the balance Friday, three days after the contentious midterm elections that saw Democrats seize control of the House of Representatives from President Donald Trump's Republicans.
Most US political races have already been settled. But Florida's ballot chaos -- rife with intrigue and Trump's accusation of abuse by officials in Democrat-heavy counties -- raises fresh questions about why the world's most powerful democracy is incapable of producing swift and accurate election results across all 50 states.
Florida is not alone. In neighbouring Georgia, the Democratic candidate for governor initiated legal action to ensure all votes were counted in her contest.
In Arizona, hundreds of thousands of ballots were still left to be counted in a fierce US Senate battle that has Democrat Kyrsten Sinema leading Republican Martha McSally by a single percentage point.
With Florida's developments raising partisan tensions to fresh highs, Trump weighed in to allege a major corruption scandal was brewing. -AFP