Gillum-DeSantis race now in recount range

Geraldine Edwards
November 9, 2018

"We recognize that we didn't win this tonight". Republican Gov. Rick Scott now holds a 0.26 percentage point lead (50.1 percent to 49.9 percent) over incumbent Democratic Sen.

DeSantis, who attended Yale University and Harvard Law School, resigned his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in September to focus exclusively on his gubernatorial bid.

Under Georgia law, if neither Abrams nor Kemp wins a majority of the vote on Tuesday, their battle continues to a December runoff. "This shows the new wave of Republican leadership in our country". When DeSantis was asked about the Horowitz conferences during an October debate, his angry reaction created one of the campaign's viral moments.

When the probability of a gubernatorial recount took shape on Wednesday, campaign staffers for both Gillum and Nelson kicked into high-gear, rebooting their canvassing operations and phone banking centers after what Democrats saw as an unexpected Tuesday night defeat.

"How the hell am I supposed to know every single statement that somebody makes?". Osceola County Gillum volunteer Susan Wills said the secretary of state's office had not yet released information about the provisionals early Thursday afternoon.

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He has ties to a radical far-left and anti-Semitic group, Dream Defenders, his mayoral office is under investigation by the FBI for corruption, and he has been criticized by DeSantis as anti-Israel and too liberal for the Sunshine State.

RiRi hopped on Instagram Monday and encouraged Florida locals to pull through for Gillum and music mogul Diddy's event.

More than 8.2 million ballots were cast in Florida's election, according to the state Division of Elections web site. "Republicans had a very strong candidate Adam Putnam, who is in the primary against DeSantis..." That contest was still unresolved by 11am EST (0500 GMT), though Kemp held almost a 7-percentage point lead with 90 per cent of the ballots tallied. The president also used his Twitter account to attack Gillum, calling him "a thief" who is "mayor of poorly run Tallahassee". 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.

DeSantis has denied accusations of racism first when he warned voters not to "monkey this up" and vote for Gillum.

Gillum conceded the Florida governor race.

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DeSantis' comments drew widespread criticism and became a theme in the general-election contest.

Republicans said they cared most about immigration, then health care, then foreign policy.

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

Democrats in three statewide races narrowed their deficits to Republican opponents as more ballots were counted Thursday, potentially setting up a lengthy recount process.

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