Trump Ally Ron DeSantis Wins Florida Governor's Race

Pauline Gross
November 7, 2018

In his final push in the campaign for governor, former Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis told supporters on Monday that he can win the race if the GOP dominates election-day voting.

Gillum fell short in his bid to become Florida's first African-American governor.

Democrats scored big victories on Tuesday in governor races in MI and Kansas, U.S. states that voted for Republican President Donald Trump in 2016, while the hotly contested gubernatorial elections in Georgia and Florida remained too close to call.

Gillum had 60 percent of the vote in Miami-Dade and 68 percent in Broward County against DeSantis. He signed the Dream Defenders' "Freedom Pledge", which states support for the group's broader agenda - but Gillum's campaign said the candidate was only expressing support for a pledge not to accept campaign contributions from private prison companies.

DeSantis, after voting in Ponte Vedra Beach, told reporters: "We did as much as can be done and I'm happy. We stood up we stood strong we spoke out because we recognize that we had power". "All the way along this path", Gillum said.

DeSantis said his economic message of low taxes and limited government will appeal to many voters, including Hispanics, in contrast to his Democratic opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who wants to raise corporate income taxes by $1 billion to pay for teacher raises.

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Accusations of race-baiting have dogged Kemp, 55, and DeSantis, 40.

Now in another tweet, the President has congratulated Governor Ron DeSantis for being elected Florida Governor.

DeSantis stumbled out of the gate after winning the August 28 primary, telling Fox News that voters shouldn't "monkey this up" by electing Gillum, who was Florida's first black nominee for governor.

While it's no surprise that in MSNBC's hypothetical world the Democrat wins every time, polls for Florida's gubernatorial race have been trending in Gillum's direction. Gillum said the FBI assured him he was not the target of the investigation, but documents released in October placed him close to the action.

The Democratic nominee is Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

"My most significant and valued supporter is standing right next to me, despite what the media might say", DeSantis said of his wife Casey. The FBI is probing whether developers were able to influence projects in the city by funneling gifts to elected officials.

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