Republican Ron DeSantis defeats Andrew Gillum in Florida gubernatorial race

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DeSantis narrowly beat Tallahasee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the state's top race.

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.

He was joined by U.S. Sen. Oliva endorsed DeSantis before the primary, when most state lawmakers were backing Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. DeSantis denied there was any racial innuendo in his remark, but race - and allegations that DeSantis was using it against his opponent - were never far off during the 10-week general election sprint.

The outgoing governor, Rick Scott, was term limited. That's just the way they are.

"I still believe that", Gillum said in his concession speech.

"This sounds like an oxymoron, but hear me out. And we know we are going to get a good turnout on Election Day".

And if you haven't already, go fucking vote.

Florida voters line up behind constitutional amendments
The Brennan Center for Justice estimates that 6 million Americans are barred from voting due to their criminal records. Critics railed against the proposal, saying it would make it far more hard to pass such measures at the state level.

DeSantis tried to connect with working-class families by pointing out in campaign ads that his first job paid $6 an hour and that he later traded in his work boots for military boots, highlighting his service in Iraq. His rally was held in Orange County, which has the third largest bloc of GOP Hispanic voters in the state, although its 28,000 voters are overshadowed by 275,000 Hispanic Republicans in Miami-Dade County.

Trump campaigned to help push DeSantis to a primary victory in August and came to Florida two more times to propel him past Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the final days of the election. Despite implications that DeSantis was racially insensitive - an idea he angrily disputed during a debate - he was able to win the state that Trump carried in 2016. "I still plan to be on the front lines alongside every one of you when it comes to standing up and fighting for what we believe in".

Gillum fell short in his bid to become Florida's first African-American governor. "That is something our opponent has a awful track record in", Nunez said. The Florida-based group engages in anti-Israel activism, including the promotion of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the Jewish state.

The Ponte Vedra Republican pledged to veto any and all tax increases for the next four years, contending that a state's low-tax environment is its greatest asset for expanding the economy. "That race was swung by Donald Trump to DeSantis, who's now behind".

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis meets supporters as they attend a rally at Freedom Pharmacy on Monday in Orlando, Florida.

DeSantis used Trump's backing to make the case that if he is elected, the state will be in a better position to receive support from Washington, D.C., in contrast to Gillum who has called for the impeachment of the president.

After several weeks of freefall, with DeSantis' connections to alleged racists constantly in the headlines, the campaign brought on Susie Wiles, a legendary Republican campaign manager who helped Trump win Florida.

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