Democrats score governor wins in Trump states, Florida down to wire

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

Instead, the Donald Trump-backed Republican Ron DeSantis defeated the Barack Obama-endorsed Andrew Gillum by over 55,000 votes on Tuesday, leaving the Florida governorship in the hands of the GOP.

"All the way along this path", Gillum said.

However, Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams has not conceded and says the race could come down to a run-off election if neither candidate wins 50 percent of the vote.

Bill Nelson's moonshot: Can a recount find 30,000 votes to keep his Senate seat from going to Rick Scott?

Gillum's candidacy was plagued with allegations about his spending while he was mayor of Tallahassee and questions about whether or not an FBI investigation into the city during his tenure as mayor had extended to him.

Yet on the night, both contests were won by Republicans - Republicans who had allied themselves closely to President Trump.

Democrat candidate Andrew Gillum was not far behind on 49 percent and 3,996,679 votes.

As he takes office on January 8, DeSantis, a 40-year-old former congressman from Ponte Vedra Beach, will have the power to appoint three new members of the state's highest court, replacing three justices who are part of the liberal bloc and who have reached a mandatory retirement age. He enjoyed support from President Trump throughout his campaign. A majority of the polls heading into the big gubernatorial race in Florida projected the man heralded as a "rising star" in the Democratic Party to win by anywhere from 4% to 7%. Instead of throwing all their efforts into election cycles, Olivia Bercow, a NextGen America spokeswoman, said Democrats should immediately get back to bench-building and registering voters.

More news: Polls Closing in Midterm Elections with Trump's Agenda on the Line

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.

During his victory speech, DeSantis noted the national attention focused on the race, saying the "political and media classes" had been eager to write his political obituary.

He joked during brief remarks that he wasn't sure his wife, R. Jai Gillum, whom he met at Florida A&M University, had voted for him.

With more than 80 percent of the vote counted, DeSantis held a lead of 1 percent.

DeSantis tried to connect with working-class families by pointing out in campaign ads that his first job paid $6 an hour and that he later traded in his work boots for military boots, highlighting his service in Iraq. Trump joined in, tweeting similar messages.

Tuesday's results could help Trump when he seeks re-election in 2020, with DeSantis and Scott in a better position to use their offices to sway opinions if they maintain support with Florida voters.

Gillum said he opposes the group's calls for reducing spending on police and sanctioning Israel.

Scott's win also gives Florida two Republican senators for the first time in more than a century, since the post-Civil War Reconstruction era.

Related News:



Most liked

Trump Forces Sessions to Resign
In a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, Trump said Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker will step in as acting attorney general . President Trump has abruptly announced on Twitter that Jeff Sessions is no longer the USA attorney general .

FDA Approves DSUVIA Sublingual Synthetic Opioid Formulation & Delivery System
Food and Drug Administration has approved the marketing of an opioid named Dsuvia, with FDA Commissioner Dr. The medication, which comes in a single-use package, also should not be used for more than 72 hours.

Apple introduces new MacBook Air
This year, it can mix and match those cores more efficiently, giving it nearly 2x better multi-core performance than before. You can plug as many flash drives or hard drives as you want into the iPad Pro's USB-C port, and nothing will happen.

Red Star Belgrade (A)
Hans Vanaken scored twice for the Belgian team, Brazilian forward Wesley made it 3-0 and captain Ruud Vormer completed the rout. Liverpool suffered defeat at Red Star Belgrade, while Thierry Henry's AS Monaco were on the end of thumping by Club Brugge.

Messi named in Barcelona squad for Inter clash
However, Handanovic was equal to everything the Catalan club threw at him until Valverde brought Malcom on with nine minutes remaining.

Brother of billionaire Saudi prince freed after months in detention
Khashoggi was a former insider in Saudi royal circles who went into self-imposed exile in the United States previous year . Saudi officials initially insisted Khashoggi had left the consulate, then said he died in an unplanned "rogue operation".

Ted Cruz fends off Beto O'Rourke in Texas Senate race
It's wild that these people are laughing along and agreeing with Triumph, yet are STILL voting for Cruz. Cruz, 47, made no secret about wanting to run for president again once Trump leaves office.

State of Play: As election looms, Democratic candidates hold tongues on Trump
I think that the rallies have really been the thing that's caused this whole big fervor to start and to continue", he said. The former president also said that Tuesday's midterms "might be the most important election of our lifetimes".

Alexis Sanchez starts for Manchester United at Bournemouth, but Romelu Lukaku absent
But Pjanic insists his team-mates aren't getting ahead of themselves, identifying three pivotal players who could make the difference for the travelling United squad.

Viva forever! Spice Girls officially announce reunion tour for 2019
Victoria Beckham sent a heartfelt message to fans as her former music group has announced a triumphant 2019 United Kingdom tour. Halliwell tweeted, "I'm sorry about that...everything works out in the end, that's what my mum says!"

Apple loses $1 trillion status after soft holiday forecast
That's when the company said it would no longer reveal unit sales for its hardware , drawing the ire of some Wall Street analysts. Apple's revenue from other products recorded the maximum growth, bringing in US$4.23 billion, up by 31% YoY.

India`s 12-member team for the 1st T20I against Windies
Live Broadcast: Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD (English commentary) and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD (Hindi Commentary). It is also noteworthy that the Caribbean outfit has never played a T20I bilateral series in India before.

Anti-LGBT Candidate Won Brazil's Presidential Election | World | News | SFGN Articles
Dubbed "the Trump of the Tropics", Bolsonaro is a hard-line politician who campaigned against crime and corruption . Bolsonaro is due to travel to Brasilia next week to meet with outgoing President Michel Temer, said Bebianno.

Rebel-held Yemen base hit by Coalition
On Friday, the coalition said it had attacked ballistic missile and drone sites at the worldwide airport of the Yemeni capital. The rebels were using the air base to launch attacks on the kingdom with drones and missiles, the spokesman, Col.

Hulk Hogan returns to WWE at Crown Jewel event!
The event will be live on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1HD (both English) and Ten 3, Ten 3HD (both Hindi). Crown Jewel was Hogan's first appearance on a WWE event in over 3 years.