Republican Ron DeSantis Elected Florida Governor, Beats Andrew Gillum

Jewish voters hear last-minute warning about Gillum

Jewish voters hear last-minute warning about Gillum

Republicans put forth a candidate hand-picked by President Donald Trump.

In almost every way, DeSantis did not win by running a campaign by the book. More than 973,000 voters with no party affiliation have also voted. Kamala Harris, all of whom campaigned in the state at Gillum's side.

Republicans controlled 33 governors' mansions and two-thirds of state legislative chambers going into Tuesday.

Had Gillum won, he would have been the first black governor of Florida.

He joked during brief remarks that he wasn't sure his wife, R. Jai Gillum, whom he met at Florida A&M University, had voted for him. "But as my grandmother told me - never wrestle with a pig".

But Trump called Gillum a "stone-cold thief", and DeSantis repeatedly said on the campaign trail that he's "the only candidate that isn't the subject of an FBI investigation". I've been voting my whole life.

In turn, Gillum was assailed over alleged ties to a radical far-left group associated with anti-Semitism and Palestinian terrorism.

DeSantis defended Trump as the campaign closed.

Gillum had based his campaign around progressive issues.

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.

Before Tuesday, Trump would visit the state three times to rally for DeSantis.

"You've got to have good leadership and you've got to keep taxes low". During a Fox News appearance the day after the primaries, DeSantis said "the last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state", in reference to his new opponent, a 39-year-old black man. He was a member of the House for a number of years and indeed a member of the leadership considered one of the most promising young politicians in the state.

"Now, I'm not calling Mr. DeSantis a racist", Gillum said in response. "All the way along this path", Gillum said.

"Debates have their "gotcha" moments back and forth..." Those are the ones making decisions in Florida state.

Gillum faces accusations of corruption due to an FBI investigation into development in Tallahassee.

DeSantis was helped along by campaign manager Susie Wiles, who took a campaign that was struggling and gave it the kind of boost it needed for that most quintessentially Florida of outcomes: a narrow win, but a win all the same. Recent surveys for the Florida race, which is one of Real Clear Politics' 12 "toss-up" gubernatorial races, have all given Gillum the edge. It was advice that DeSantis found hard to heed. Fortunately for DeSantis, that strategy paid off. I'm simply saying the racists believe he's a racist, ' he said. "Too many people think this stuff is free".

Democrats have cast more than 2.1 million ballots. "We are still on the verge of history, and the best is yet to come".

"Obviously, we do not yet have any vote totals here, the night before the election", he added. "Will you join us?", DeSantis wrote on Twitter.

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