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Trump tweets, weighing in on Florida Senate race

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Posted at 2:11 AM, Nov 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-08 21:18:36-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on the Florida election (all times local):

9:45 p.m.

President Donald Trump is weighing in on Florida’s hotly contested Senate race, citing the possibility of election fraud.

Trump tweets: “Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach. Florida voted for Rick Scott!”

Republican Gov. Rick Scott held a 0.21 percentage point lead over Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson on Thursday afternoon.

As outgoing governor, Scott said at a news conference Thursday night that he has asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate elections offices in the Democratic strongholds of Palm Beach and Broward counties, questioning whether they were trying to inflate the Democratic vote.

Nelson’s campaign released a statement saying Scott’s action appears to be politically motivated and borne of desperation in his bid to win his Senate race.

Gretl Plessinger, a spokeswoman for the FDLE, said the agency would follow up on the governor’s request.