Sunday, 18 November, 2018

GOP’s DeSantis defeats Gillum in Florida governor’s race

All Eyes on Florida's Gubernatorial Race: Will Florida Go Blue? Andrew Gillum vs. Ron DeSantis: LIVE Florida gubernatorial election results
Faye Gross | 08 November, 2018, 03:40

Ron DeSantis has won the race for the governorship of Florida, defeating his Democratic opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

Gillum, who was trying to become the state's first black governor, told a crowd gathered on the campus of Florida A&M University, "I sincerely regret I couldn't bring it home for you".

DeSantis, who attended Yale University and Harvard Law School, resigned his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in September to focus exclusively on his gubernatorial bid.

Gillum's candidacy was plagued with allegations about his spending while he was mayor of Tallahassee and questions about whether or not an FBI investigation into the city during his tenure as mayor had extended to him. Neither Georgia nor Florida has elected a Democratic governor in 20 years.

In Little Havana, 34-year-old Enrique Tarrio says he chose DeSantis because the businesses he owns have flourished under Republican Gov. Rick Scott. He and DeSantis two are ideological opposites, with DeSantis an ardent Trump supporter who vows to implement the president's policies, and Gillum, a progressive who advocates expanding Medicaid and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In one final twist, DeSantis, who throughout the campaign portrayed Tallahassee as crime-ridden and risky, will now be moving their to do his new job - right alongside the city's mayor, (still) Andrew Gillum.

While voters showed up at the polls or returned ballots in near-record numbers for a midterm election, turnout in Democrat-rich South Florida -- roughly 57 percent in Broward and Miami-Dade counties -- lagged behind the statewide turnout rate of 62 percent. Fox News shows DeSantis was leading with 49.9 percent of the vote to Gillum's 48.9 percent, with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

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The Associated Press called the victory for DeSantis at 11:35 p.m. on Tuesday. All told, Democrats had flipped at least seven Republican-held governorships without suffering any losses as of early Wednesday morning.

"I promise you tonight that we are going to make sure every vote is counted", she said.

Florida is the most populous of the battleground states that swing between the parties in presidential elections, but Republicans have controlled the governor's mansion for two decades.

The outcome of elections for state positions could also affect future control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

DeSantis, 40, was considered an underdog before Trump tweeted his support for DeSantis in December, a month before he got into the race.

Democrats have cast more than 2.1 million ballots. Quick. But there are certain people in certain states that will never vote for a brown person.

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