Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Steve Contorno

Steve Contorno

Steve Contorno is a staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times covering Hillsborough County. He previously worked for PolitiFact in the Times Washington, D.C. bureau. Prior to joining the Times, he covered Congress and Virginia politics for the Washington Examiner as well as state and local governments in Wisconsin for the Green Bay Press-Gazette. A native of the Chicago suburbs, Steve graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in news-editorial journalism and a minor in political science, and holds a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield, where he covered the Illinois legislature for the Chicago Sun-Times.

An employee at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office prepares to sort ballots before being counted, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Lauderhill, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) FLWL108

Florida recount timeline: How did we get here?

A week after Election Day, three statewide races remain undecided and in a historical recount. Follow this unprecedented political story from the beginning.
Updated: 8 hours ago
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Nov. 7. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Yuri Gripas 775255703

Florida Rep. Charlie Crist backs Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker

Fresh off a re-election, the St. Petersburg Congressman said Pelosi has the 'ability, drive and experience to do it best.'
Published: 11/12/18
CHARLIE KAIJO   |   TimesUS Rep. Patrick Murphy speaks to supporters at the Arco Iris restaurant on September 18, 2016. Rep. Janet Cruz and an intimate crowd of supporters joined Patrick Murphy to discuss his platform.

Former Florida Congressman: My vote wasn’t counted because of signature law

The two-term Congressman said his vote was deemed to have an invalid signature and he couldn't remedy it in time. Bill Nelson is suing to get his vote and others restored.
Published: 11/09/18
President Donald JTrump stops to talk to reporters and members of the media as he walks from the Oval Office on Oct. 26, 2018 in Washington. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford

No, President Trump, they haven’t only ‘found’ votes for Democrats in Florida

'How come they never find votes for Republicans,' Trump tweeted. In fact, Republicans continue to add thousands of votes, too.
Published: 11/09/18
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson speaks during a press conference discussing the importance of addressing climate change at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel patio. [Tailyr Irvine | Tampa Bay Times]

Bill Nelson files lawsuit challenging Florida’s election signature match law amid Senate recount

The suit seeks to demand that all provisional and mail-in ballots be counted, regardless of signature problems.
Published: 11/09/18
Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks during an event in Hialeah, Fla. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Scott McIntyre 775192837

Recount Live Blog: Gov. Rick Scott is suing South Florida election officials as his Senate lead shrinks

The Republican Senate candidate is holding a late-night press conference as the state is headed for an unprecedented three recounts.
Published: 11/08/18
Volunteers at the Democratic office on Sistrunk Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., are calling and texting voters who cast provisional ballots Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS)  1245048

Recount, recount, recount: Here’s where Florida is headed

With three statewide recounts ahead, even for Florida, home to the most notorious recount in modern history, this election is heading toward an unprecedented conclusion.
Published: 11/08/18
FILE- In this Oct. 23, 2018, file photo shows Sen. Bill Nelson campaigns in Orlando. Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging Nelson. Florida will vote for governor, U.S. Senate, Cabinet seats, Congress and decide 12 ballot questions. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File) FLORL302

How Bill Nelson could ultimately win the recount in Florida’s Senate race

As the margin narrows, Democrats believe Nelson will overcome the gap between him and Republican Rick Scott. Here's why, according to the Senator's election lawyer.
Published: 11/08/18
Rick Scott and Bill Nelson (Associated Press photos)

Bill Nelson’s moonshot: Can a recount find 30,000 votes to keep his Senate seat from going to Rick Scott?

Just 0.38 percent of the 8.1 million ballots cast by Floridians separates the senate candidates. Still, it's a lot of votes to find.
Published: 11/07/18
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, and Republican Gov. Rick Scott are within range of a recount in the Florida Senate race.

Florida Senate race appears headed to recount as Rick Scott’s lead over Bill Nelson narrows overnight

Just 30,239 votes separate the Republican Scott and Democrat Nelson on Wednesday morning.
Published: 11/07/18