Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Republican Ron DeSantis Elected Florida Governor, Beats Andrew Gillum

All Eyes on Florida's Gubernatorial Race: Will Florida Go Blue? Andrew Gillum vs. Ron DeSantis: LIVE Florida gubernatorial election results
Ellis Copeland | 08 November, 2018, 03:43

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.

Democrats picked up governorships in Kansas and at least three other USA states on Tuesday but failed to win high-profile races in Florida and OH, as voters cast ballots in three dozen gubernatorial contests across the country.

Last week, both former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump visited Florida to stump for candidates in their respective parties.

DeSantis' victory as the next governor of Florida will also have a lasting impact on the state's Supreme Court.

But the Republican defended himself and his supporters against the racist label, while slamming his Democratic opponent for backing a major tax-hike proposal and wanting to expand government programs, including health care.

The win maintained the grip Republicans have had on the governor's office since Jeb Bush was sworn in in 1999, and DeSantis will have a chance to return the favor for Trump in 2020, when Florida figures to play a pivotal role in the presidential election.

Comedienne Kathy Griffin did not let Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum's concession speech deter her from claiming Gillum actually won.

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Polling has shown Gillum holding a consistent lead over DeSantis.

Trump's support helped Republican Ron DeSantis defeat Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a progressive Democrat, in Tuesday's race to succeed Gov. Rick Scott.

In Oklahoma, Republican Kevin Stitt defeated Democrat Drew Edmondson, dashing Democratic hopes that outgoing Republican Governor Mary Fallin's low approval numbers had provided a rare opportunity in a deeply conservative state. "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".

It was Trump's support, including a July endorsement rally in Tampa, that helped propel DeSantis past a better-funded and more widely known opponent, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, in the August 28 Republican primary.

During the campaign, Gillum repeatedly launched accusations of racism against DeSantis, which DeSantis firmly denied.

DeSantis gave up running for his congressional seat in order to focus on the race for governor. County-level results showed Mucarsel-Powell won enough ballots in Miami-Dade to overcome Curbelo's advantage in the Keys.

Despite all the hype surrounding Gillum, he failed to gain as many votes as his senatorial counterpart, incumbent Democrat Sen. This race was supposed to be a blueprint for how Democrats could pull left on economics and cultural issues and win in swing states.

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