Democrat Gillum concedes in close Florida governor's race

All Eyes on Florida's Gubernatorial Race: Will Florida Go Blue?

"And I pay Florida property taxes". Ron DeSantis, a Republican from Ponte Vedra Beach, defeated Andrew Gillum, the Democratic mayor of Tallahassee. "We recognize that we didn't win this tonight".

"The great thing about our country is the people have that one day in November where the elites don't call the shots", DeSantis said, TampaBay.com reported. He signed the Dream Defenders' "Freedom Pledge", which states support for the group's broader agenda - but Gillum's campaign said the candidate was only expressing support for a pledge not to accept campaign contributions from private prison companies. And nobody brings it like the big guy.

Tuesday was another election night full of surprise victories and thin margins in Florida.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has conceded defeat to Republican Ron DeSantis in the race for governor of Florida, falling short in his quest to become the first African-American governor of the Sunshine State.

"Let's keep hope alive". County-level results showed Mucarsel-Powell won enough ballots in Miami-Dade to overcome Curbelo's advantage in the Keys.

"How the hell am I supposed to know every single statement that somebody makes?".

On issues like climate change, which is increasingly important in Florida, Mr. DeSantis has said he didn't want to be known as an "alarmist", while Mr. Gillum promised to be a governor who "believes in science". The 40-year-old is pro-gun, anti-immigration, anti-LGBTQ, and anti-women's rights. "All the way along this path", Gillum said.

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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.

In Gillum's concession speech, he spoke about calling DeSantis and congratulating him on the win. That changed in the final week, when Trump helped drive out Republican supporters. He beat Putnam by 20 percentage points.

Last week, both former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump visited Florida to stump for candidates in their respective parties.

During the campaign, Gillum repeatedly launched accusations of racism against DeSantis, which DeSantis firmly denied.

DeSantis began the general election on the defensive.

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

The stark differences between the two candidates and the negative nature of the race were crystallized in two vitriolic debates.

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