Former GOP Senator Who Lost Close Recount Predicts Florida Will Stay Red

Nick Givas | Media And Politics Reporter

Former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, who lost a 2008 recount to former Sen. Al Franken, said Florida will remain red for Republicans Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis, on CNN’s “New Day” Tuesday.

“I was up 756 votes on election night. When the machines were certified Nov. 18, which is what will happen in Florida, it will be Gov. DeSantis,” Coleman said. “He’ll be ahead on the machine count. I think it will be beyond kind of the margin of calls for mandatory hand recount. And so that race should be taken care of.”

Coleman also said the legal team that handled his recount is also handling the Democratic races in Florida and claimed they’re “very good with coming up with votes after the election is over.” (RELATED: Trump Demands Florida Call Election For DeSantis, Scott)

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“But even by our standards, the numbers are just so great in the race, in the Scott race and the [Andrew] Gillum race, that I can’t even conceive that there’d be any possibility of the results been changed — any possibility,” he continued.

Coleman praised President Donald Trump’s strategy surrounding the Florida recount and said he’s right to keep the two closely contested races in the public “spotlight.”

“I actually applaud the fact that they’re being vigorous. Maybe you can turn down rhetoric but don’t turn down the spotlight,” he said.

“Sunlight is the best disinfectant. You may want to tone down rhetoric, but do not tone down intensity,” he added. “Do not tone down the spotlight and what’s happening in those local areas. That’s where these races are lost. Check out by the way, whether there were felons who voted who shouldn’t have.”

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