Gillum ends campaign for Florida governor after recount shows DeSantis still ahead

Gillum concedes Florida governor's race

Florida governor race: Democrat Andrew Gillum concedes to Republican Ron DeSantis

His second concession speech was conciliatory, unlike that of fellow Democrat and Georgia governor candidate Stacey Abrams, who ended her campaign on Friday with a blistering diatribe claiming voter suppression as a possible reason for her loss in that election.

Democrat Andrew Gillum announced Saturday he was conceding his hard-fought race for Florida governor to his Republican rival, Ron DeSantis, vowing to keep fighting until he wins an election.

Democrat Andrew Gillum says in ending his bid for Florida governor that the race "has been the journey of our lives" for the candidate and his wife R. Jai.

Gillum, who serves as Tallahassee's mayor, also congratulated Governor-elect DeSantis and thanked his running mate, Chris King, on Twitter Saturday evening.

Gillum spokesman Kevin Cate stressed yesterday that the push to count every vote is about more than finding a path to the governor's mansion for Gillum.

There was no immediate response from DeSantis or his campaign. "We are now closing out the hand recount phase in two of the statewide races".

Mr DeSantis - a staunch supporter of US President Donald Trump and his policies - replied to the tweets, saying it was now "time to bring Florida together". "We said that we would fight until the last vote was counted". The corruption allegation stemmed from a continuing FBI investigation into City Hall that Gillum has said he is not a target of and is cooperating with; the charge that Tallahassee had the state's highest crime rate was false. The tight margin prompted a statewide recount.

Unofficial results revealed Republican former governor Rick Scott was leading Democrat Bill Nelson by just 0.15%.

While the tone read uncharacteristically kind, the grammar was decided past tense, serving as the latest and loudest of political assessments on the state of Florida's gubernatorial race.

Counties have until noon on Sunday to report official results to the U.S. Department of State. More than 8 million voters cast ballots in the race.

"The ballots are in the building, " Snipes tells members of the canvassing board responsible for doing the hand recount.

At least 44 out of 67 counties have finished their hand recount in the Senate race.

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