Tallahassee Mayor Gillum, Republican former Rep. DeSantis cast votes

08 November, 2018, 10:04 | Author: Carlos George
  • Republican Ron De Santis and Democrat Andrew Gillum fist-bump at their debate last month

Ron DeSantis will be the next Florida governor, extending Republican control of the state's highest office to a sixth straight four-year term and proving that a candidacy nearly entirely about President Donald Trump can win the top office in a major state.

The contests for governor in Florida and Georgia - in which liberal black Democrats faced off against white Republicans strongly supported by Trump - had not been resolved by 11 p.m. EST (0400 GMT). "We're going to fight; we're going to keep fighting". "We're going to fight", he said.

As he takes office on January 8, DeSantis, a 40-year-old former congressman from Ponte Vedra Beach, will have the power to appoint three new members of the state's highest court, replacing three justices who are part of the liberal bloc and who have reached a mandatory retirement age.

Democrat candidate Andrew Gillum was not far behind on 49 percent and 3,996,679 votes.

Pinder's mother Phillis, who accompanied the Liberty City resident and his young son to the polls, added, "We have a president who doesn't get his information correct - he says things that just are not true - and he speaks so cruelly".

Republicans Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis, running for U.S. Senate and Florida Governor, won the same 54 counties in Tuesday's election.

Every major media outlet has called the race for DeSantis, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. The race was the third office he's sought in two years: his re-election, Senate and governor. Trump joined in, tweeting similar messages.

King, who ran in the primary against Gillum, Gwen Graham, Philip Levine and Greene, is CEO of Elevation Financial Group, a Winter Park-based company that builds affordable housing.

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If that line earned Gillum viral praise and national recognition, his indirect connections to an FBI investigation into public corruption in Tallahassee was a drag on his campaign, which at times struggled to explain Gillum's relationship with a former lobbyist and friend and his run-ins with an undercover federal agent.

Last week, both former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump visited Florida to stump for candidates in their respective parties. Gillum even spelled out the slur during a debate.

"I still believe and I still trust the voters". He said that he had called Rep. DeSantis to concede.

Racial divisions were highlighted throughout the campaign.

DeSantis has been in the US House since 2012, and has a close relationship with President Trump. That changed in the final week, when Trump helped drive out Republican supporters.

Meanwhile, DeSantis, who's stepped down from US Congress to run in this race, told supporters in Orlando he has a "proven record of being the leader Florida needs".

"I think you're going to get exhausted of me calling you, asking you for things for Florida", DeSantis said about Trump.

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