Ron DeSantis Elected Florida Governor, Andrew Gillum Concedes

Ron DeSantis Elected Florida Governor, Andrew Gillum Concedes

More than 550,000 people voted early in Miami-Dade, either by mail or in person, far more than the previous midterm election in 2014.

DeSantis' win represents an extension of a decade of trifecta Republican control of the swing state and a resounding win for Trump, who aggressively inserted himself into the race.

DeSantis called Gillum a formidable opponent.

Accusations of race-baiting dogged Kemp, 55, and DeSantis, 40, who denied the allegations. Trump told supporters at the rally that Florida, home of his Mar-a-Lago resort, was "my state also". "We recognize that we didn't win this tonight". "But I want you to know that, in spite of our congratulating him on his victory this evening, nothing that we believe in is compromised", Gillum said.

DeSantis ran as a political outsider despite serving three terms in Congress and running for U.S. Senate in 2016 before dropping out of the race when Republican Sen.

"The true story of this race is intense gratitude to President Trump".

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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.

Gillum told supporters in Wakulla that Tuesday is a choice between the "Trumpizing of America" and working together. Those issues, which were already bubbling up throughout the primary, were escalated by DeSantis when he went on Fox News a day after becoming the nominee to warn Florida voters not to "monkey this up" by electing Gillum. "Republicans had a very strong candidate Adam Putnam, who is in the primary against DeSantis..."

After winning the Republican nomination largely on the strength of Trump's endorsement, DeSantis turned to Trump's top 2016 Florida strategist to jump-start his general campaign when it stalled in September. The GOP lawmaker defeated Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in one of the most high-profile governor's races of the 2018 cycle.

While it's no surprise that in MSNBC's hypothetical world the Democrat wins every time, polls for Florida's gubernatorial race have been trending in Gillum's direction. He said health care is a priority for him because of a pre-existing medical condition.

"Now, I'm not calling Mr. DeSantis a racist", Gillum said in response.

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