Andrew Gillum concedes to Republican Ron DeSantis in Florida gubernatorial race

Republican Ron DeSantis delivers a campaign speech to a crowd of supporters.

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Republican Ron DeSantis delivers a campaign speech to a crowd of supporters.

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Democratic candidate for Governor, Andrew Gillum, conceded to Republican nominee Ron DeSantis around 11 p.m. in a narrow race.

DeSantis garnered 49.8 percent of the overall vote, while Gillum trailed closely behind at 49 percent. Less than 60,000 votes separated the two candidates. His victory secured the third straight term of Republican control of the Florida governor’s mansion.

DeSantis, a Trump endorsed candidate, ran on a platform that promised to continue former governor Rick Scott’s initiatives, and pursue Republican appointments in the federal government.

The race between Gillum and DeSantis gained nationwide attention, with campaign speeches from sitting president Donald Trump and former president Barack Obama.

Gillum delivered a heartfelt concession speech to a crowd of supporters, apologizing for failing to become Florida’s first black governor. “I sincerely regret that I couldn’t bring it home for you,” he said.

The results of the election might indicate the direction of the state in the presidential election in 2020. While Democrats hoped that their blue wave would carry Florida, the victory of Ron DeSantis quashed those hopes.

However, overall, Democrats clinched control of the House of Representatives after eight years of Republican dominance. Republicans maintained control of the Senate.

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