Democrats picked up governorships in Kansas and at least three other U.S. 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.
Former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis was elected Florida governor Tuesday, riding the support of President Donald Trump to narrow victory in the battleground state. Despite the blue wave of support that showed up for Gillum and across the country, the Trump-backed former prosecutor won among men and older voters, continuing a two-decade legacy of Republican governors in the Sunshine State. "We're going to fight; we're going to keep fighting".
"We need to build a Florida that is cleaner, safer, stronger and that will be my guiding light as governor", he said.
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.
"We can not win the state of Florida if we continue hemorrhaging those kinds of margins in red counties", Schale said.
Gillum received more than 10,200 votes than Nelson, while DeSantis received more than 10,000 votes than Scott.
Republicans Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis, running for U.S. Senate and Florida Governor, won the same 54 counties in Tuesday's election.
"... 'Let's just say it was a red brigade", the Florida elections official told Hill.
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He gained name recognition during the primary with more than 100 appearances on Fox News, usually to defend the president, but didn't lay out a clear agenda on what he'd do if elected until after the primary.
Both Abrams and Gillum were targeted by racist robo-calls to voters from a white supremacist group that both parties denounced.
The FBI has been conducting a probe of alleged public corruption in Tallahassee, and while Gillum has said he has been told he is not the target, Republicans used the investigation as a cudgel against him. Trump tweeted last week. Gillum, the current mayor of Tallahassee, has 50 percent of support among likely voters, versus 46 percent for his GOP rival.
"Political campaigns are a rough business and often about highlighting our differences".
But Republicans amped up their turnout even more, Corrigan said. DeSantis also spent time at the Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Trump was heavily invested in the race, making two visits to the state in the final week of the campaign.
Talking to reporters Tuesday night in Orlando, DeSantis said his court appointees "will be very, very smart, very principled people, but they're going to understand that their role is to apply the law and not rewrite the law".
"I think you're going to get exhausted of me calling you, asking you for things for Florida", DeSantis said about Trump.