Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Republican Ron DeSantis Elected Florida Governor, Beats Andrew Gillum

Republican Ron DeSantis Elected Florida Governor, Beats Andrew Gillum

Polling has shown Gillum holding a consistent lead over DeSantis.

The contests for governor in Florida and Georgia - in which liberal black Democrats faced off against white Republicans strongly supported by Trump - had not been resolved by 11 p.m. EST (0400 GMT).

DeSantis called Gillum a formidable opponent.

Andrew Gillum's historic race for Florida governor may not be over.

Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis vote in Florida
Speaking shortly after he conceded, Mr Gillum said: "We recognise that we didn't win it tonight, we didn't win this transaction. DeSantis walked into his polling place Ponte Vedra with his family by his side.

DeSantis quit his job in Congress to focus on the gubernatorial race, a heated affair that largely reflected the broader national tensions over race and class in the Trump era.

With a crowd of supporters cheering him on, Andrew Gillum cast his ballot for governor of Florida this morning at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Tallahassee, FL.

"We'll worry about history later but today, we're working to win".

DeSantis ran a largely negative campaign, calling Gillum a socialist and saying he oversaw one of the most corrupt and crime-ridden cities in the state. On issues like climate change, which is increasingly important in Florida, Mr. DeSantis has said he didn't want to be known as an "alarmist", while Mr. Gillum promised to be a governor who "believes in science". "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. He enjoyed support from President Trump throughout his campaign.

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DeSantis and his supporters accused Gillum of being dishonest and corrupt for accepting a ticket from an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent to the popular Broadway show "Hamilton", and traveling to Costa Rica and other places with lobbyist Adam Corey. "Republicans had a very strong candidate Adam Putnam, who is in the primary against DeSantis..." The president himself held two campaign rallies in support of DeSantis in the last week, including a Saturday night event in Pensacola.

Gillum conceded the race at the same time Fox News was projecting his narrow loss.

"In Florida there is a choice between a Harvard/Yale educated man named @RonDeSantisFL who has been a great Congressman and will be a great Governor - and a Dem who is a thief and who is Mayor of poorly run Tallahassee said to be one of the most corrupt cities in the Country!" He said health care is a priority for him because of a pre-existing medical condition.

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Trump shot back: "Well, I'm not a big fan of yours either, to be honest". "I don't know why you'd say that". "Very hostile. Watch the exchange between Trump and Acosta below, then hit the comments with your reactions.

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