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Dana Milbank: The real fraudster in Florida

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18.11.2018

There is fraud in Florida's U.S. Senate race.

Mitch McConnell just perpetrated it.

Florida has still not certified a winner in the contest between Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Rick Scott. Elections officials are recounting the vote after the initial tally showed the two separated by a mere 13,000 votes of some 8 million cast.

But the Senate majority leader, re-elected to that position by his colleagues Wednesday, decided not to trouble himself with such technicalities. On Wednesday morning, he stood by Scott's side in the Capitol and declared Scott a senator. "We're here this morning to welcome our six new Republican senators that allowed us to continue our majority," the Kentucky Republican said, introducing Scott and the five new duly elected Republican senators to the press.

"Governor Scott," CNN's Ted Barrett called out. "Do you still contend that there's fraud going on in Florida with this recount?"

Scott, the current Florida governor, forced a thin smile and looked away. McConnell's lips curled into a smirk. Aides shooed the cameras and journalists from McConnell's office; the coming-out photo op for the new "senator" was done.

Scott has leveled the stunning accusation,........

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