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

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

Bill Nelson had earlier predicted that Nelson would eventually win. In Kansas, state Senator Laura Kelly defeated Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who was a key architect of the GOP's voter suppression efforts nationwide. Bill Nelson closer to their Republican opponents Ron DeSantis and Gov. Rick Scott.

Another Democrat trying to make history, Ben Jealous, lost his bid to become Maryland's first black governor to incumbent Republican Larry Hogan.

Gillum is now trailing DeSantis 49.65 percent to 49.13 percent, a margin of.52 percent, according to the Florida Division of Elections website.

"This was from the beginning an extremely hard task", Gillum said. "Will you join us?", DeSantis wrote on Twitter.

From the beginning of his campaign, DeSantis, a lawyer and former congressman, tied his electoral chances to Trump, using frequent appearances on the Fox News network to defend the president and his policies. And just because we didn't always come out victorious we didn't retreat.

Republican candidate for Florida governor Ron DeSantis speaks during an event put on by the Police Benevolent Association in Palm Beach County, on October 3, 2018.

The hotly contested race in Georgia, where Democrat Stacey Abrams was seeking to become the first black woman to be elected governor of a US state, remained too close to call early on Wednesday. While both claimed victory that night, the Senate race appeared poised for a recount.

The Scott campaign, which declared victory Tuesday night, called Nelson "sad" for not conceding the race.

As his first order of business, DeSantis said he's sticking with one of his main campaign promises, and that is clean water - fighting toxic algae, red tide, and restoring the Everglades.

Florida Governor-elect Ron DeSantis, right, answers questions from reporters, with his wife Casey, after being declared the victor of the Florida gubernatorial race at an election party in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 6, 2018.

Racial divisions were highlighted throughout the campaign.

"Part of the reason I bought a house in Orlando in 2006 was to establish a base of permanent residency - to have a place to call home, wherever I might temporarily reside", she wrote.

It's worth noting that since Hume made his remarks, DeSantis has gained a slight lead over Gillum.

"Voters in white working-class areas are becoming more conservative - and hard-line conservative - and more Republican-aligned", Isbell said". Trump joined in, tweeting similar messages. "But as my grandmother told me - never wrestle with a pig".

For the third straight governor race, a Republican won without winning half the statewide vote.

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.

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