DeSantis Defeats Gillum to Keep GOP in Control

Democrats won governorships on Tuesday in several USA states that supported Republican President Donald Trump in 2016 but lost high-profile races in Florida and OH, as voters cast ballots in dozens of gubernatorial contests across the country.

Officials with the Andrew Gillum for Governor campaign have released a statement regarding the results of the Florida governor's race and his decision to concede to opponent Ron DeSantis. The day after Gillum won the Democratic primary, DeSantis said Florida voters shouldn't "monkey this up" by electing Gillum. A Libertarian candidate received the remaining votes. And over the next 36 hours, the margins gradually shrank.

The new totals show that DeSantis is ahead of Democrat Andrew Gillum by 0.57 percent of the vote or 46,722 votes.

Those races are within the 0.5 percent threshold that triggers a machine recount under state law. Her rival, Republican Brian Kemp, won 50.4 percent of the vote to Abrams' 48.7 percent.

A manual recount is vastly more complicated and time-consuming and involves ballot-by-ballot reviews of all under-votes (no vote marked on a ballot) and over-votes (too many candidates selected on a ballot).

On Wednesday evening, Gillum tweeted that he was "looking forward to seeing every vote counted".

The campaign says it's monitoring the situation and preparing for a possible state-mandated recount.

Eleventh-hour polls had shown what appeared to be a significant shift against Republicans in highly anticipated races for the Senate and governor's mansion.

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"21 years later and here we are", DeSantis said after being declared the victor.

"I would like to thank the president for standing by me when it wasn't necessarily the smart thing to do", he said. "This is extremely hard. We love you. We love you".

Isbell said a variety of factors that increasingly favor Republicans in Florida became clear Tuesday, chiefly the "consolidation of the conservative and white vote in Florida that started in 2016 and continued Tuesday".

"Other than serving in the military, becoming the 46th governor of the great state of Florida is the greatest professional honor of my life", DeSantis said. "We're working really hard on the transition".

Rick Scott, who has said the results in his U.S. Senate race was made final when he declared victory on Tuesday, said in a statement on Thursday that it's "sad and embarrassing that Bill Nelson would resort to these low tactics after the voters have clearly spoken". But it's definitely a rough data point for the Democrats who believe that running hard to the left is the best way to win elections.

Some counties, however, are closing its doors on staffers seeking public records, stymieing the only resource available to identify voters who cast provisional ballots.

According to the Broward County Supervisor of Elections website, 695,799 ballots were cast.

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