Ron DeSantis Defeats Andrew Gillum to Become Florida’s Governor

Nov 09, 2018, 01:03
Ron DeSantis Defeats Andrew Gillum to Become Florida’s Governor

In Florida, Ron DeSantis defeated Andrew Gillum, who was vying to become the first black governor of the Sunshine State.

Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, conceded the race to DeSantis late Tuesday, but signaled Wednesday that he would allow the recount to move forward.

In a statement Thursday, Gillum's campaign says it underestimated the ballots that still needed to be counted when he conceded. "We are committed to ensuring every single vote in Florida is counted".

From the beginning of his campaign, DeSantis, a lawyer and former congressman, tied his electoral chances to Trump, using frequent appearances on the Fox News network to defend the president and his policies.

"We recognize that, you know, we didn't win it tonight".

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The cable news channel got ahead of itself Monday evening when it put a graphic onscreen showing the results of the Florida governor's race - roughly 24 hours before polls in the Sunshine State even closed.

Kemp, Abrams' Republican rival, has been accused of trying to suppress the vote in his current role as Georgia's secretary of state in charge of overseeing the election.

As the state prepares for the change in command, we're taking a look at the state's governor-elect, his journey to Tallahassee, and his Bay Area roots. Republican Gov. Rick Scott now holds a 0.26 percentage point lead (50.1 percent to 49.9 percent) over incumbent Democratic Sen.

Gov. Rick Scott snatched the seat for the GOP from Sen.

Elias said he's concerned that a third of the votes in the Florida Senate race are still unknown.

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Gillum paused to speak with reporters after casting his vote from himself in Florida's closely watched gubernatorial race.

A manual recount is vastly more complicated and time-consuming and involves ballot-by-ballot reviews of all under-votes (no vote marked on a ballot) and over-votes (too many candidates selected on a ballot). As of Thursday morning, 21,888 votes separated Scott and Nelson, a difference of 0.26 percentage points.

Voters in Florida have a rare clear choice between a rock-solid conservative and a democratic socialist for governor.

Voters who cast provisional ballots have until Thursday at 5 verify their ID or provide other data to county officials to make their ballots count. Over votes are ballots in which scanners detected that voters marked more than one choice for Senate.

Additionally, most counties have yet to review and tabulate all provisional ballots cast in the election, and there's also a 10-day window on overseas vote-by-mail ballots to come into elections offices.

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The highly-decentralized nature of Florida election administration means that a hand recount will be fought out in 67 counties at once, as a second campaign marshals legal and political forces on each side's behalf. She said Democrats set up phone banks and began calling those voters, urging them to go to county offices to present their identification information so that their ballots will count.