Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis vote in Florida

MSNBC Accidentally Airs Results Of Florida Governor's Race In Test 'Misfire.' Guess Who's 'Winning'?

MSNBC Accidentally Airs Results Of Florida Governor's Race In Test 'Misfire.' Guess Who's 'Winning'?

The graphic showed Democrat Andrew Gillum defeating former GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis by 49.4 percent to 48.8 percent with 99 percent of the precincts reporting.

"I want to encourage you not to give up", Gillum, the 39-year-old mayor of Tallahassee, told supporters at his election night party, where small groups of people embraced, tears streaming down their faces.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump rallied support for DeSantis this past week in Fort Myers and Pensacola, telling voters they had a choice "between greatness and gridlock".

DeSantis called Gillum a "committed leftist ideologue".

Rep. Jeanette Nunez, a Miami Republican who is running for lieutenant governor with DeSantis, slammed Gillum for Tallahassee's crime rate, which is above the state average based on population.

He was joined at two of the rallies by Lara Trump, a daughter-in-law of President Donald Trump. Recent surveys for the Florida race, which is one of Real Clear Politics' 12 "toss-up" gubernatorial races, have all given Gillum the edge.

This year's totals far exceed those of 2014 midterms, but are still short of the 6.6 million who voted ahead of Election Day in 2016.

Grammy-winning singer Rihanna is all in for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum receiving the last-minute support needed to help him become Florida governor.

Republicans also scored a major victory in Ohio's governor race, where Mike DeWine, the state attorney general, defeated Democrat Richard Cordray, who served as the first director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. "We stood up we stood strong we spoke out because we recognize that we had power". "I'm simply saying the racists believe he's a racist", Gillum said.

Trump was heavily invested in the race, making two visits to the state in the final week of the campaign. Those issues, which were already bubbling up throughout the primary, were escalated by DeSantis when he went on Fox News a day after becoming the nominee to warn Florida voters not to "monkey this up" by electing Gillum.

Gillum conceded the race at the same time Fox News was projecting his narrow loss.

"My most significant and valued supporter is standing right next to me, despite what the media might say", DeSantis said of his wife Casey.

Republicans said they cared most about immigration, then health care, then foreign policy.

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