Ron DeSantis Elected Florida Governor, Andrew Gillum Concedes

Aaron Brown
November 9, 2018

DeSantis has been in the US House since 2012, and has a close relationship with President Trump. But Democrat Christine Hallquist lost her bid to become the first openly transgender US governor in Vermont, where Republican incumbent Phil Scott won re-election. Bill Nelson already are locked in a recount battle.

DeSantis addressed his supporters at a watch party in Orlando on Tuesday after winning the election.

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

The Miami Herald reported that he won Florida by about 56,000 votes.

Elias said he's concerned that a third of the votes in the Florida Senate race are still unknown.

Florida's election was largely a referendum on Trump.

During his victory speech, DeSantis also acknowledged Trump's role in the campaign. And while Democrats despise the president, Republicans love him.

It may have made the difference, and now DeSantis will be in a position to return the favor.

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In Kansas, Democrat Laura Kelly defeated Kris Kobach, a staunch Trump ally, where outgoing Republican Governor Sam Brownback suffered from low approval ratings.

Voters in Florida have a rare clear choice between a rock-solid conservative and a democratic socialist for governor. "The margin may change by a couple thousand, but it's not going to change the outcome of the election". Turnout increased from 67 to 77 percent. He grew up in Pinellas County and graduated from Dunedin High School.

"They turned out vote very, very well".

"Just want to say, earlier this hour we showed a graphic of the Florida gubernatorial race".

Both political parties, and voting groups are now pushing to find people who cast provisional ballots throughout Florida to get them to submit whatever information is needed to fix, or "cure" the ballot.

In the Senate race, Scott did what works for him. The polls have also been leaning toward Nelson, though one recent HarrisX poll gives Scott a 2-point advantage. "It's Lean-R", said Matt Isbell, a Democratic data analyst based in Florida.

The Democratic nominee is Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. He was the first African American to be nominated for governor, and he ran as an unabashed liberal. And on the eve of the election, Kemp opened an investigation into the Georgia Democratic Party for possibly tampering with the state's voter registration system. Additionally, his campaign cut ties with a volunteer during the final weeks of the race, after the volunteer was caught on video calling Florida a "cracker" state and saying the campaign was taking advantage of "white guilt". That could potentially add 1.4 million people to the voter rolls. In some states, a governor's power to sign or veto congressional maps could decide the partisan balance.

Voters who cast provisional ballots have until Thursday at 5 verify their ID or provide other data to county officials to make their ballots count.

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