Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Democrat concedes Florida governor's race to ally of Donald Trump

Democrat concedes Florida governor's race to ally of Donald Trump

Andrew Gillum, who tried to energize Florida's young and minority voters through a Democratic coalition seeking to end two decades of Republican control of the governor's office, ended his hard-fought campaign Saturday as the state's first black nominee for the post.

'This has been the journey of our lives.

'We know that this fight continues, in spite of the outcome of this election'.

Florida produced some of the nation's closest results in the November 6 midterm elections, including DeSantis's apparent narrow victory over Gillum. 'He will be a strong Democrat warrior long into the future - a force to reckon with!'

Responding to the news on Twitter, Mr DeSantis said it was now "time to bring Florida together".

Mr DeSantis - a staunch supporter of US President Donald Trump and his policies - replied to the tweets, saying it was now "time to bring Florida together".

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Gillum initially conceded on election night, but later withdrew his concession after the margin between him and DeSantis narrowed during a recount.

In a statement from his campaign late Saturday, Gillum recalled how he had vowed earlier to "fight until the last vote is counted".

"More than 4 million of you decided that you wanted a different direction for the state of Florida", he said, adding that he and his wife remain committed to the campaign's values.

The Facebook live video comes as the state's two mandated manual recounts wind down.

Unofficial results revealed Republican former governor Rick Scott was leading Democrat Bill Nelson by just 0.15%.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel posted video where Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes said that 2,040 ballots had been "misfiled". Snipes did insist that the ballots were still in the elections building. He and other Democrats repeatedly said they were sticking with the campaign until all legally cast votes were counted. Once that recount was complete, if the differences in any of the races are 0.25 percentage points or less, a hand recount is ordered.

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