Ron DeSantis Beats Andrew Gillum To Become Florida Governor

08 November, 2018, 03:40 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • All Eyes on Florida's Gubernatorial Race: Will Florida Go Blue?

DeSantis stumbled out of the gate after winning the August 28 primary, telling Fox News that voters shouldn't "monkey this up" by electing Gillum, who was Florida's first black nominee for governor. The next governor of Florida has a chance to shape the state's highest court by appointing new justices.

In wake of Hurricane Maria, many Puerto Ricans moved to South Florida and they've expressed their frustration with the president's inability to help as the territory struggled to rebuild.

"I don't think you can ever win the election with these words: 'I'm going to raise taxes.' I didn't advise him".

In terms of race, about 13 percent of the Florida electorate are black and the majority voted for Gillum for governor and Nelson for senator. Then last week, seeking to give a final shot of energy to voters in deep-red regions of the state, Trump appeared with DeSantis at rallies in Lee County and in Pensacola.

DeSantis, meanwhile, was plagued by accusations of racism following remarks he made the day after his primary victory in August.

As governor, DeSantis will essentially be Trump lite.

After winning the Republican nomination largely on the strength of Trump's endorsement, DeSantis turned to Trump's top 2016 Florida strategist to jump-start his general campaign when it stalled in September.

The two races were seen as a test of whether liberal candidates could prevail in Southern states, where centrist Democrats have repeatedly lost, by appealing to a coalition of young and minority voters. In some states, a governor's power to sign or veto congressional maps could decide the partisan balance.

Races to watch in USA midterm elections 2018
Democrats won half of the seats they needed to claim House control with dozens additional competitive contests remaining. All 435 seats in the House , 35 seats in the 100-member Senate and 36 of the 50 state governorships were up for grabs.

Thirty-nine percent of Floridians registered to vote did so early, either in person or by mail, according to state election figures.

His victory comes after a heated campaign to succeed Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is term-limited.

In Georgia, critics have drawn attention to Kemp's dual role as a candidate for governor and as supervisor of the state's elections in his capacity as secretary of state.

Polls before the election showed that health care and gun safety were among the most important issues to Democratic voters.

"The Democratic Party is in a quandary that the Republican Party is not". The margin is too slim for an official result, and may lead to a recount.

Despite all the hype surrounding Gillum, he failed to gain as many votes as his senatorial counterpart, incumbent Democrat Sen.

He joked during brief remarks that he wasn't sure his wife, R. Jai Gillum, whom he met at Florida A&M University, had voted for him.

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