Gillum Concedes Gov Race To DeSantis, Extending GOP's Grip Over Sunshine State

Republican Ron De Santis and Democrat Andrew Gillum fist-bump at their debate last month

POOL New Reuters Republican Ron De Santis and Democrat Andrew Gillum fist-bump at their debate last month

"In less than one week, Americans will go to the polls in one of the most important elections of their lives", Trump said at the rally, before qualifying that this election was "not as important as 2016".

Andrew Gillum, Democratic nominee for governor of Florida, conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis shortly before 11 p.m. on election night.

Gillum, who leads by more than four percentage points in a polling average, said a victory by him would "send a message" to President Trump and to rival Ron DeSantis after a bitter race. We could not be more thankful for the support that was shown by each and every one of you all the way along this path.

Democrats picked up governorships in Kansas and at least three other U.S. states on Tuesday but failed to win high-profile races in Florida and OH, as voters cast ballots in three dozen gubernatorial contests across the country.

DeSantis might not have even made it to the general election without Trump's very early endorsement.

Gillum doled out less than $7 million ahead of the August 28 primary and won against the other four Democratic hopefuls - all of which had outspent him.

Gillum said he called DeSantis and congratulated him. Gillum, 39, is the mayor of Tallahassee, a husband, a father of three, a FAMU grad- and he's vying to be the Democratic candidate in Florida's gubernatorial race.

In one of the most memorable lines in the debates, Gillum stopped short of calling DeSantis a racist but said "racists believe he is a racist". Kamala Harris, all of whom campaigned in the state at Gillum's side.

Gillum has received support from former president Barack Obama while DeSantis has gotten support from President Donald Trump.

Caton tells OneNewsNow that a future "Governor Gillum" will be powerless against a GOP-led house and senate, but he could still use his office to oppose Florida doing business with Israel. Trump tweeted last week. "But as my grandmother told me - never wrestle with a pig". You both get dirty, but the pig likes it.

Democratic Party officials, who have accused Kemp of trying to suppress the minority vote, quickly denied the charge.

The dispute further elevated Gillum's national profile, while also drawing attention back to the FBI investigation. The agent was posing as a businessman interested in investing in Tallahassee, according to local reports. He was accused of accepting tickets to the Broadway hit, "Hamilton" from a group that included an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent during a 2016 trip he took to New York City as mayor.

The big question is where the non-counted votes come from.

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