Ron DeSantis Defeats Andrew Gillum to Become Florida’s Governor

2018 Florida gubernatorial race

2018 Florida gubernatorial race

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. Florida is one of the most closely watched swing states in the nation, and voters here helped turn the tide for George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. The president also used his Twitter account to attack Gillum, calling him "a thief" who is "mayor of poorly run Tallahassee".

Gillum - the mayor of Tallahassee who has the charisma and political acumen that led many to believe he would be the one to finally retake the Florida governorship for the Democrats - came into Tuesday's election soaring high by most pollsters' calculations.

Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, a staunch ally of President Trump, won the race for Florida governor on Tuesday.

Both DeSantis and Scott were projected to lose in the days leading up to the election, according to numerous polls. Broward's turnout was roughly 54 percent.

"People are going out and they're voting for something and not against". They don't want to pay for schools.

But Gillum, who is just 39, vowed to remain involved in politics. More than 550,000 people voted early in Miami-Dade, either by mail or in person, far more than the previous midterm election in 2014. That's on par with the number of voters in the 2008 presidential election. In the largest counties, that could affect the differences by as many as 2,000 total votes.

"So is it a red state?"

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DeSantis' victory as the next governor of Florida will also have a lasting impact on the state's Supreme Court. "I'm excited for the opportunities for Florida".

"We still have to be willing to show up every single day and demand a seat at the table", he emphasized.

But Morgan blamed Gillum's proposed tax hike -- Gillum wanted to raise corporate-income taxes by about $1 billion to cover a pay hike for teachers -- for the Democrat's election-night defeat. "But as my grandmother told me - never wrestle with a pig".

"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 stark differences between the two candidates and the negative nature of the race were crystallized in two vitriolic debates. He was charismatic. Charming.

In Colorado, Democrat Jared Polis was set to become the first openly gay man to be elected governor of a US state, after NBC News projected him to win against Republican Walker Stapleton.

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