Florida election results: Governor and Senate races close after big turnout

Florida election results: Governor and Senate races close after big turnout

DeSantis was elected governor on Tuesday, defeating Tallahasee Mayor Andrew Gillum in a close race.

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.

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". We couldn't be prouder.

A small crowd of supporters chanted, "We want Ron!" "Let's bring this home", he said, echoing Gillum's campaign refrain.

During the candidates' second debate in October, Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, decried DeSantis' support from far-right activists.

But in Wisconsin, Democrat Tony Evers pulled off a narrow win in unseating Republican incumbent Scott Walker, according to data provider DDHQ.

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.

SCOTT STILL LEADS: By about 55,000 votes with 99.5 percent of the precincts in.

Meanwhile, two U.S. House of Representatives races had been settled by 10 p.m.

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Trump again played a major role in the general election, appearing at rallies with DeSantis in Lee County and Pensacola in the final week of the campaign. The president endorsed DeSantis in June.

DeSantis also invariably contended that Florida would be less safe under Gillum, because of Gillum's positions on immigration and policing, as well as by repeating Tallahassee has the highest crime rate in the state.

While it's no surprise that in MSNBC's hypothetical world the Democrat wins every time, polls for Florida's gubernatorial race have been trending in Gillum's direction.

Racial divisions were highlighted throughout the campaign.

But ultimately, the issues of the day didn't define Florida's race for Governor. The former GOP congressman spent weeks explaining the remark, maintaining it had nothing to do with race, but rather his belief that Gillum would hurt Florida's economy.

Gillum doled out less than $7 million ahead of the August 28 primary and won against the other four Democratic hopefuls - all of which had outspent him.

I'm going to start a new thread for the Florida Senate race, and throw in the gubernatorial contest too. For the son of a construction worker and a school bus driver, it's a classic tale of the American dream, and a new chapter in Gillum's ambitious political career (he became the youngest person elected to Tallahassee's City Commission when he was just 23-years-old). Gillum has long denied wrongdoing, and said the FBI even told him he was not a focus of the investigation.

The big victor: You guessed it, the Democrat on the ticket, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who managed to secure a victory.

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