Florida midterm elections result: Trump hails VICTORY as Governor Ron DeSantis wins

  • Florida midterm elections result: Trump hails VICTORY as Governor Ron DeSantis wins

Florida midterm elections result: Trump hails VICTORY as Governor Ron DeSantis wins

Democrat Andrew Gillum, the African American mayor of Florida state capital Tallahassee, conceded Tuesday in his acrimonious battle for governor with Ron DeSantis, a member of the House of Representatives and ardent supporter of President Donald Trump.

Gillum portrayed DeSantis as racially divisive, repeatedly pointing out his "monkey this up" comment and noting that a major DeSantis contributor called former President Barack Obama the N-word on Twitter and DeSantis refused to return his money. DeSantis once aired an ad showing him and his daughter building a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border while his young son wore a "Make America Great Again" onesie.

Thirty-nine percent of Floridians registered to vote did so early, either in person or by mail, according to state election figures.

Another theme struck by DeSantis and his supporters on Monday was an appeal to Hispanic voters.

They will watch the election results at a campaign party Tuesday night in Orlando. "I'm simply saying the racists believe he's a racist", Gillum said. "I always vote, but ever since Trump was elected, it's felt especially important to participate".

"Just want to say", he said, "earlier this hour, we showed a graphic of the Florida gubernatorial race". We can't have that. I'm 76 years old.

DeSantis' victory as the next governor of Florida will also have a lasting impact on the state's Supreme Court.

The race for governor is the state's most visible contest this year.

Freeman voted for Gillum. Trump visited Florida and held a rally with DeSantis on October 31.

In addition to Wisconsin, Democrats also won governor races in three other states - Michigan, Pennsylvania and Kansas - that supported Trump in 2016, bolstering the party's hopes of capturing those states in the 2020 presidential election. Furthermore, in the last days of the campaign the polls seemed to move show a gorwing Nelson lead, suggesting that this race would move in the direction of those "fundamental" election factors.

If that line earned Gillum viral praise and national recognition, his indirect connections to an FBI investigation into public corruption in Tallahassee was a drag on his campaign, which at times struggled to explain Gillum's relationship with a former lobbyist and friend and his run-ins with an undercover federal agent.