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Florida 2018 Election: Recount in Gillum/DeSantis Governor Race

Florida 2018 Election: Recount in Gillum/DeSantis Governor Race

In one of the closest (and most closely-watched) races of the 2018 election, Republican representative Ron DeSantis has edged out Andrew Gillum to become Governor of Florida. DeSantis, 40, was considered an underdog... This race was supposed to be a blueprint for how Democrats could pull left on economics and cultural issues and win in swing states.

The Tallahassee mayor conceded the race to Republican Ron DeSantis in a televised concession speech around 11 p.m. ET on election night.

When the probability of a gubernatorial recount took shape on Wednesday, campaign staffers for both Gillum and Nelson kicked into high-gear, rebooting their canvassing operations and phone banking centers after what Democrats saw as an unexpected Tuesday night defeat.

Scott's margin of victory also narrowed precipitously Thursday. "It's Lean-R", said Matt Isbell, a Democratic data analyst based in Florida. We could not be more thankful for the support that was shown by each and every one of you. That contest was still unresolved by 11am EST (0500 GMT), though Kemp held almost a 7-percentage point lead with 90 per cent of the ballots tallied.

"In four years, he'll be able to run again", said Cindy Martin, 50, of Pensacola. We got to be willing, inside elections and outside of elections, that our voices still matter.

Andrew Gillum was poised to become the first black governor in Florida's history. "All the way along this path", Gillum said. "It was a little dicey at times but I'm really happy about where we are", said state Rep. Byron Donalds. "He inspired a lot of people, and he made a movement".

As of Wednesday morning, DeSantis led Gillum by 43,039 votes out of almost 8.2 million cast, or a difference of 0.526 percentage points. Then last week, seeking to give a final shot of energy to voters in deep-red regions of the state, Trump appeared with DeSantis at rallies in Lee County and in Pensacola. Marco Rubio chose to run for re-election.

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Many Democrats believed that the 39-year-old Gillum, the father of three young children, injected a degree of enthusiasm lacking for their party's candidates over the past several elections. He graduated with honors from Temple University.

He gained name recognition during the primary with more than 100 appearances on Fox News, usually to defend the president, but didn't lay out a clear agenda on what he'd do if elected until after the primary.

A spokesman for DeSantis wouldn't comment on the situation.

Gillum said he called Desantis and congratulated him, but told supporters that "in spite of our congratulating him on his victory this evening nothing that we believe in is compromised".

Yet, an FBI investigation into alleged corruption at Tallahassee City Hall hurt his chances of winning the election.

DeSantis also hammered Gillum for his ties to the Dream Defenders, a group whose website says "Police and prisons have no place in "justice" and calls for "an end to the current prison and policing system".

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