Gillum Concedes Gov Race To DeSantis, Extending GOP's Grip Over Sunshine State

Republican Ron De Santis and Democrat Andrew Gillum fist-bump at their debate last month

Republican Ron De Santis and Democrat Andrew Gillum fist-bump at their debate last month

We could not be more thankful for the support that was shown by each and every one of you. He conceded to DeSantis, who has been an outspoken supporter of President Trump, saying he still "believes in the long run, good always wins over evil".

Gillum said he called DeSantis and congratulated him.

In addition, DeSantis skipped his post-primary honeymoon phase when the very next morning he said that Florida voters shouldn't "monkey this up" by electing Gillum, the first black nominee of either major party in Florida's race for governor.

The losses tempered big Democratic victories in governor races in two states, MI and Kansas, that voted for Republican President Donald Trump in 2016, bolstering the party's hopes of recapturing those states in the 2020 presidential election.

Like Trump, DeSantis' victory defied most polls that showed him trailing Gillum. And nobody brings it like the big guy.

"He came down here and fired up our voters, and it looks like we're poised for victory", U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach Republican, told The News Service of Florida on Tuesday night.

Democrats won governorships on Tuesday in several USA states that supported Republican President Donald Trump in 2016 but lost high-profile races in Florida and OH, as voters cast ballots in dozens of gubernatorial contests across the country.

Joyner said he moved to Florida to vote in the race.

"I'll be damned if I'm going to let anybody get in my way".

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DeSantis' victory keeps the crucial swing state of Florida in Republican hands for the 2020 presidential election. DeSantis was elected governor on Tuesday, defeating Tallahasee Mayor Andrew Gillum in a close race.

The big victor: You guessed it, the Democrat on the ticket, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who managed to secure a victory. "All the way along this path", Gillum said.

A series of records released in late October linked Gillum to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, showing in part that the Mayor may have accepted a ticket to the Broadway musical "Hamilton" from an undercover agent posing as a developer wanting to do deals in the city.

DeSantis addressed his supporters in Orlando on Tuesday night. Adam Putman, DeSantis' opponent in the Republican primary, was arguably better-known and objectively better-funded. He beat Putnam by 20 percentage points.

Overall, turnout in Miami-Dade was expected to be around 56 percent, a record for a mid-term election. The Tallahassee mayor won his primary on a progressive platform but has drifted toward the center in the runup to the general election, posing with establishment figures like Cory Booker (D-NJ) and former President Barack Obama.

Tim Hester, 64, of Pensacola, attended DeSantis' rally with Trump and said his vote for the former Congressman was driven in large part by Gillum's messaging. "Andrew Gillum, his great idea is to raise taxes 40 percent", DeSantis told a crowd of about 5,000 people on Saturday at a rally with Trump.

Winning state-level power would help Republicans and Democrats support or resist Trump's agenda on issues such as healthcare, gun control and gay rights.

These races are interesting for different reasons. Nonetheless, it still wasn't enough for Gillum to win the state. Gillum and DeSantis are statistically tied in the tight race, according to the latest polling.

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