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

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

Ron DeSantis has won the race for the governorship of Florida, defeating his Democratic opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. "But as my grandmother told me - never wrestle with a pig". Gillum supports a ban on assault weapons and wants to repeal Florida's stand your ground law.

Mr Gillum would concede the race two hours later.

"We could not be prouder of the way that we ran this race".

A small crowd of supporters chanted, "We want Ron!" "Will you join us?", DeSantis wrote on Twitter.

He was joined at two of the rallies by Lara Trump, a daughter-in-law of President Donald Trump.

"I would like to thank the president for standing by me when it wasn't necessarily the smart thing to do", he said.

"The true story of this race is intense gratitude to President Trump".

Republicans also scored a major victory in OH, where Mike DeWine, the state attorney general, defeated Democrat Richard Cordray, who served as the first director of the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Like Trump, DeSantis' victory defied most polls that showed him trailing Gillum.

By 9pm on Tuesday (Nov 6, USA time), the Democrats' best hope for wresting the governorship away from the Republicans, outgoing Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, was losing by one percentage point to his Republican opponent Ron DeSantis.

"Let's keep hope alive".

"All the way along we tried to talk about the issues that matter to people", Gillum told the press.

Gillum voted early after attending a "Bring It Home Midnight Rally" at the campus of Florida A&M University with Sean "Diddy" Combs. If he gets in there, Florida' trajectory is going to change dramatically.

'We'll worry about history later, but today, we're working to win, ' said, who would become the first black governor of a state that has seen racial strife should he win.

Further, many Republicans are "super voters" who choose only to vote on Election Day, not by casting early or absentee ballots. Despite implications that DeSantis was racially insensitive - an idea he angrily disputed during a debate - he was able to win the state that Trump carried in 2016. Gillum said he paid cash for his share of a rental house shared with Corey and others in the 2016 Costa Rica vacation.

For his part, Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor, presented a platform that was in stark contrast to the President's on national policies that governors have little control over.

But Trump called Gillum a "stone-cold thief", and DeSantis repeatedly said on the campaign trail that he's "the only candidate that isn't the subject of an FBI investigation". "Republicans had a very strong candidate Adam Putnam, who is in the primary against DeSantis..."

Meanwhile, DeSantis' campaign was plagued by actions some perceived as racist.

The big victor: You guessed it, the Democrat on the ticket, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who managed to secure a victory. Fox News shows DeSantis was leading with 49.9 percent of the vote to Gillum's 48.9 percent, with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

These races are interesting for different reasons. DeSantis hammered Gillum's ethics and honesty, questioning whether he has been telling the truth about his role in the ongoing FBI investigation.

He said that winning "will send a message to Mr. Trump, and Mr. DeSantis as well, that the politics of hatred of division and separation, that they've come to an end".