An Andrew Gillum Recount Could Be In The Works

Geneva Stokes
November 8, 2018

But Republican Mike DeWine defeated Democrat Richard Cordray in OH, one of the highest-profile governor's races, according to an NBC News projection.

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DeSantis ran as a political outsider despite serving three terms in Congress and running for U.S. Senate in 2016 before dropping out of the race when Republican Sen. He conceded to DeSantis, who has been an outspoken supporter of President Trump, saying he still "believes in the long run, good always wins over evil".

The Florida race in particular appeared to be coming down to the wire.

By outlasting Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor vying to become Florida's first African-American governor, DeSantis also gave a boost to President Donald Trump, who campaigned for the former congressman at two events in the final days before the election - and whose endorsement DeSantis traded on to win the nomination over the establishment favorite, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

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

Going into Election Day, the math favored Democrats: Nearly 23,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans had voted statewide, out of 5.2 million ballots cast early. Other candidates in both parties took the traditional path of making visits to county fairs, local party dinners and civic groups to build up support across the state.

Accusations of race-baiting dogged Kemp, 55, and DeSantis, 40, who denied the allegations.

During his acceptance speech, Gillum thanked his wife and Trump for their support. More than 973,000 voters with no party affiliation have also voted. "Let the chips fall where they may".

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He was a member of the House for a number of years and indeed a member of the leadership considered one of the most promising young politicians in the state.

More people in Broward voted for the state's commissioner of agriculture, chief financial officer and attorney general positions than they did for the Senate, according to the preliminary county results.

Winning state-level power would help Republicans and Democrats support or resist Trump's agenda on issues such as healthcare, gun control and gay rights.

Governors and hundreds of legislators elected this year will be in office when congressional districts are redrawn after the 2020 Census.

The difference was almost even between the Republican and Democratic candidates.

The loss was crushing, and left some strategists believing that Florida, particularly in midterm elections, isn't a swing state any longer.

Voters in Florida have a rare clear choice between a rock-solid conservative and a democratic socialist for governor.

"How is it that Montana and Kansas can elect a Democratic governor but purple state Florida can't?" he said.

"It seems like we're living up to our history", said Bob Poe, who was Florida's Democratic Party chairman during the 2000 presidential recount.

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