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

Jewish voters hear last-minute warning about Gillum

Jewish voters hear last-minute warning about Gillum

Gillum talked about how he tried to keep his campaign positive despite attacks from former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump.

He added:"I guess what I'm most surprised by is that despite all this talk of the wave, it didn't necessarily pan out, at least locally, the way we thought it would". The President would periodically commend DeSantis via his Twitter account, and in the final weeks made a point of condemning Gillum's leadership skills, calling Tallahassee "the most corrupt city" in the country - even suggesting Gillum "is a stone-cold thief".

Mr. DeSantis has allied himself with President Trump and attempted to tar Mr. Gillum with a continuing F.B.I. investigation into possible corruption at the Tallahassee City Hall, but he stumbled early when he warned that electing Mr. Gillum would "monkey this up".

Various musicians like rap star and Florida native Rick Ross have rallied behind Gillum.

DeSantis' win was a crushing blow for Democrats, who had pinned their hopes on Gillum making history as the state's first black chief-of-state and recapturing the governor's mansion for the first time in almost a quarter of a century.

DeSantis, meanwhile, has been warning voters about the Tallahassee mayor's association with Dream Defenders, a radical far-left group associated with Palestinian terrorism.

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

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Mr Gillum has conceded the race.

"We could not be prouder of the way that we ran this race. Andrew Gillum, his great idea is to raise taxes 40 percent", DeSantis told a crowd of about 5,000 people on Saturday at a rally with Trump. We could not be more thankful for the support that was shown by each and every one of you.

Mechanical engineer Christopher Phelps, 30, said: "In order for Trump to lose in 2020, we needed pretty much for them (Nelson and Gillum) to both win". We recognize that you know we didn't win it tonight. "I think that the national, and certainly the local narrative, was that we were going to have a banner year for the Democrats, but apparently the results may be bearing out that that may not necessarily be the case". 'I voted for you, ' she reassured him, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, DeSantis' primary opponent, put more than $30 million into his race, but lost to DeSantis, who spent around $16 million.

"My most significant and valued supporter is standing right next to me, despite what the media might say", DeSantis said of his wife Casey.

Youth votes, which went heavily for Gillum, soared, but not enough to overcome the elderly vote, which was dominated by DeSantis. He was accused of accepting tickets to the Broadway hit, "Hamilton" from a group that included an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent during a 2016 trip he took to New York City as mayor.

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