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James Varney

James Varney is a national correspondent for The Washington Times. A graduate of Wesleyan and the Columbia Journalism School, he spent decades with The Times-Picayune, including a 5-year stint as the paper's Latin America correspondent and two embedded tours with the Army and the Marines in Iraq in 2003. He was a member of the New Orleans-based reporting team that won two Pulitzer Prizes for Hurricane Katrina coverage in 2006. In sports, he covered both LSU's national championship in 2007 and the Saints victory in Super Bowl XLIV. He can be reached at jvarney@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by James Varney

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., whose re-election contest against Republican Gov. Rick Scott is still undecided, is joined by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 201816. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Early hand recount returns look grim for Florida's Bill Nelson

Florida's hand recount kicked into gear Friday with grim news for Sen. Bill Nelson, the incumbent Democrat who trails in the vote tally, but was hoping enough new valid ballots would be discovered to deliver victory. Published November 16, 2018

In this Aug. 2, 2018, file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at a news conference to discuss Paid Family Leave legislation, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Rubio, GOP attorneys allege election shenanigans in Florida

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio called what was happening in his state "an outrage" Friday night, as questions continued to swirl around the Senate and gubernatorial vote in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Published November 9, 2018

Florida Gov. Rick Scott gestures as he appears with President Donald Trump during a rally Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Estero, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) ** FILE **

Florida's post-election chaos continued Friday

Emergency court hearings were held in two Florida counties Friday, as the furor over Tuesday's senate election showed no signs of abating and a recount seemed certain. Published November 9, 2018

In this July 13, 2018, file photo, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, speaks to Cuban-American supporters at a campaign stop, in Hialeah, Fla. Scott is getting back on the campaign trail after spending more than two weeks dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Despite being embroiled in a tight race with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, Scott has spent most of his time in the Florida Panhandle counties damaged by the deadly storm.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Rick Scott sues Broward, Palm Beach counties over election results

Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott, the apparent winner in Tuesday's U.S. Senate election, filed lawsuits late Thursday in Broward and Palm Beach counties as votes continued to mysteriously mount there on behalf of incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Published November 8, 2018

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the 2018 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, makes his concession speech at his election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) ** FILE **

Even when losing, Beto O'Rourke wins

Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke's failed Senate bid has only heightened expectations among his adoring liberal fans, who made clear their love affair isn't over. Published November 8, 2018

Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Mayor Andrew Gillum gives his concession speech along side his wife First Lady R. Jai Gillum, running mate Chris King and his wife Kristen King on the campus Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (Octavio Jones/The Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Andrew Gillum waffles on concession in Florida governor's race

Democratic legal teams kicked into action Thursday, demanding a recount of the Florida Senate race that they say will declare Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson the winner as defeated Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum hedging his concession. Published November 8, 2018

In this Sept. 18, 2018, file photo Florida Gov. Rick Scott, center, speaks at a campaign rally in Orlando, Fla. Scott is challenging three-term Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Florida will vote for governor, U.S. Senate, Cabinet seats, Congress and decide 12 ballot questions. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Rick Scott claims victory over Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida nail-biter

As expected, the Florida senate race went down to the wire Tuesday night, a nail-biter with a margin that stayed below 100,000 votes throughout and left open the possibility an automatic recount will be triggered. Republican Gov. Rick Scott claimed victory just before midnight over incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Published November 7, 2018

In this combination of Oct. 21, 2018, file photos Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, left, and Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis speak during a CNN debate in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, Files)

Ron DeSantis fends off Andrew Gillum in Florida

Republican former Rep. Ron DeSantis won the Florida gubernatorial race Tuesday night, defeating Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by a razor thin margin. Published November 6, 2018