Republican Ron DeSantis defeats Andrew Gillum in Florida gubernatorial race

09 November, 2018, 01:05 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Republican Ron De Santis and Democrat Andrew Gillum fist-bump at their debate last month

Bill Nelson and Rick Scott; and the race for Florida Agricultural Commissioner, where democratic contender Nikki Fried jumped ahead of her Republican opponent Matt Caldwell for the first time by 575 votes.

Steve Schale, a longtime Democratic strategist, recounted talking to a reporter 14 years ago about Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Betty Castor's narrow lost to Republican Mel Martinez. Turnout was exceedingly higher than expected and the youth vote in the state was particularly large.

While much of focus of the elections on Tuesday was on which party would win control of the U.S. Congress, Republicans and Democrats were battling across the country for state-level power, which could have a major impact on issues such as congressional redistricting and healthcare. Florida's gubernatorial race might be headed for a recount.

DeSantis narrowly beat Tallahasee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the state's top race. We got to be willing, inside elections and outside of elections, that our voices still matter.

Many Democrats believed that the 39-year-old Gillum, the father of three young children, injected a degree of enthusiasm lacking for their party's candidates over the past several elections.

Broward officials, however, had not counted mail-ins, early-voting ballots, provisionals nor overseas ballots, according to the state elections site.

DeSantis won with 49.7 percent of the votes, with ballots in his favour totalling 4,052,118 votes.

Election margins below half a percent trigger machine recounts in Florida.

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If, after the recount, the vote margin is.25 percent or less, then a manual recount is conducted statewide.

The Gillum statement said that since the concession speech "it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported. Nelson's going to prevail at the end, I mean that too".

Both Abrams and Gillum hoped to become the first African-American governors in Georgia and Florida, southern states with legacies of racial division, and where Democrats have not held the state leadership position in over a decade. Scott has accused him of trying to "steal" the election.

"We're doing this not just because it's automatic, but we're doing it to win", Elias said in a statement to the Times. "It is sad and embarrassing that Bill Nelson would resort to these low tactics after voters have clearly spoken". A statewide machine recount would have to be completed by 3 p.m. November 15, Elias said.

More than 8.2 million voters cast ballots - 62 percent of all registered voters - in an election where up until a few months ago most political professionals doubted 7 million would show up.

Gillum conceded the election on November 6 around 11 p.m., about three hours after the polls closed.

The Gillum campaign sent out an email to supporters Thursday afternoon urging those with provisional ballots to call their supervisor of elections offices before 5 p.m.to make sure their ballot was counted, and campaign spokeswoman Johanna Cervone said the campaign was prepared for a recount effort.

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