Ron DeSantis Elected Florida Governor, Andrew Gillum Concedes

07 November, 2018, 15:30 | Author: Sheila Harris
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On the campaign trail and in outreach, DeSantis contrasted himself with Gillum, suggesting the Tallahassee Mayor's policies are too far left for Florida.

Had Gillum won, he would have been the first black governor of Florida. "I'm simply saying the racists believe he's a racist". Gillum and DeSantis are statistically tied in the tight race, according to the latest polling.

"We could not be prouder of the way that we ran this race". We could not be more thankful for the support that was shown by each and every one of you all the way along this path. "All the way along this path", Gillum said. "We let our voices be heard". And just because we didn't always come out victorious we didn't retreat. "We stood up we stood strong we spoke out because we recognize that we had power".

Gillum conceded victory to DeSantis Tuesday night after narrowly trailing behind.

While much of the elections' focus was on which party would win control of the US Congress, Republicans and Democrats were battling across the country for state-level power. Bill Nelson, who's getting a run for his money from Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who's term-limited. Republicans, Democrats, independents and people who have no party.

On the Senate side, fundamentals have pointed strongly toward a Nelson win for a while.

Watch the clip above, via Fox News. He had a race of his own for one of Florida's two seats in the U.S. Senate, challenging sitting Sen.

DeSantis had snagged an endorsement from President Donald Trump, which seemed to help him in both the primary and in November.

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DeSantis tried to connect with working-class families by pointing out in campaign ads that his first job paid $6 an hour and that he later traded in his work boots for military boots, highlighting his service in Iraq.

Back in August, Gillum made history by winning Florida's Democratic primary for governor. Despite the edge from Democrats in 2016, President Donald Trump won Florida due to a surge of GOP voters on Election Day.

Then there was the drip of stories, two weeks before Election Day, that brought some new revelations about the FBI's probe into alleged corruption involving the Tallahassee city government.

DeSantis called Gillum a formidable opponent. Gillum has never been named as a subject of the investigation.

Polls opened quietly at Miami Beach City Hall, where a short line of people waited to cast ballots. Trump joined in, tweeting similar messages.

Gillum responded that Trump was "howling because he's weak", and tweeted that Trump was lying about him.

"You've got to have good leadership and you've got to keep taxes low". According to local reports, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been investigating potential corruption related to land deals.

Gillum's past actions were scrutinized by the Florida Commission on Ethics. Election Day votes were being counted and released throughout the evening.

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