Andrew Gillum concedes Florida governor race to Ron DeSantis
TALLAHASSEE: Democratic candidate for Governor of Florida, Andrew Gillum conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis. DeSantis is now governor-elect of Florida. Gillum’s decision comes after an automatic recount ended on Thursday. That recount showed Gillum gaining only one net vote in the process, putting him 33,683 votes behind DeSantis.
Andrew Gillum initially conceded on Election Night, rescinding his concession after the race entered an automatic recount. Gillum was hoping that lawsuits in his race would turn up more votes. Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is also facing off in a recount against Republican Rick Scott.
Nelson also appears to be headed for defeat. The 2018 Florida midterm election results will be certified this Tuesday.
Gillum made his announcement on Facebook saying “We said we would fight until the last vote is counted. We are now closing out the hand recount phase in two of the statewide races,” referring to Senator Nelson’s race and the race for agriculture commissioner. Gillum later congratulated DeSantis on becoming the next governor of Florida.
Andrew Gillum, former mayor of Tallahassee became the only Democrat in 20 years to nearly beat a Republican candidate for governor. His strong speaking style attracted a national fan base, signaling that he’s probably going to run for office again.
DeSantis spoke out after Gillum’s announcement saying “This was a hard-fought campaign,” “Now it’s time to bring Florida together.” However, this race was not unifying, the campaign was a bitter fight that reflected national tensions over race and class in the era of President Trump. Trump even took to Twitter to congratulate Gillum on his campaign.