Gillum Concedes Gov Race To DeSantis, Extending GOP's Grip Over Sunshine State

Pauline Gross
November 7, 2018

Gillum had pulled off an upset in the Democratic primary, winning the nomination after consistently polling in third for most of that race, but he was unable to carry that same momentum into the general election.

Gillum was favored by polls to win the state, thanks to his strong support from the African American community and young people. "I always vote, but ever since Trump was elected, it's felt especially important to participate". "It will cause the economy to downtown", DeSantis said at the campaign rally Monday morning at the Bobcat of Jacksonville on the city's Westside.

Republican Ron DeSantis, a former U.S. Representative backed by President Donald Trump, will be Florida's next governor, earning 49 percent of the vote on election night.

Florida A&M student Jalen McClees said that regardless of the result, Gillum made him proud. Election Day votes were being counted and released throughout the evening. Democrats ran up the score in South Florida and the Tallahassee region, while narrowly eking out an advantage among Orlando-area early voters. The 40-year-old is pro-gun, anti-immigration, anti-LGBTQ, and anti-women's rights.

Republicans used the news as attack fodder, while the left countered with questions about $145,000 of taxpayer-funded travel by DeSantis, which included trips to Fox News studios to boost his candidacy. And after a comeback win in the primary himself, DeSantis faced off against an opponent whose primary victory surprised the entire state - which meant his campaign had to build a strategy against Gillum one day at a time, observers noted. Trump tweeted last week. "I'm excited for the opportunities for Florida".

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Election headquarters at 114th and Davenport had long-lines of people taking advantage of the last day to early vote on Monday. She attributed the rise to the political parties pushing absentee voting more now than in previous elections.

Both candidates secured significant donations from real estate professionals in South Florida and throughout the state. The pledge was a promise not to take money from private prisons or the National Rifle Association, but the group is also critical of the justice system, saying police and prisons are racist.

High profile Democratic heavy hitters including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Vermont Sen. Gillum even spelled out the slur during a debate. "We didn't win this transaction", Gillum said, adding that "what we believe in still holds true today".

Gillum also spoke to the crowd about the issues that caused him to run for office and said his message to Trump and DeSantis is clear, "The politics of hatred and separation have come to an end". That changed in the final week, when Trump helped drive out Republican supporters.

Gillum's administration is under investigation for corruption by the FBI, while DeSantis has been accused of racism, including racist robocalls urging supporters not to vote for Gillum.

"I believe you have to turn a page on a campaign", DeSantis said, shortly before red and white confetti exploded at his election party.

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