Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

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

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

The race was the much-anticipated match-up of the ideological wings of each of the major political parties, with DeSantis representing the GOP base that backed Trump, Gillum representing the activist grassroots element of the Democratic Party.

The other big race in the state is the U.S. Senate contest between incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Just another in a long line of extremely close gubernatorial races in Florida that have gone the way of the GOP.

In one final twist, DeSantis, who throughout the campaign portrayed Tallahassee as crime-ridden and unsafe, will now be moving their to do his new job - right alongside the city's mayor, (still) Andrew Gillum.

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Gillum also spoke to the crowd about the issues that caused him to run for office and said his message to Trump and DeSantis is clear, "The politics of hatred and separation have come to an end". "We could not be prouder of the way we ran this race", a tearful Gillum told supporters. Trump traveled to each state in the closing days of the election cycle to energize Republicans at "Make America Great Again" rallies.

Republicans controlled 33 governors' mansions and two-thirds of state legislative chambers going into Tuesday. "Will you join us?", DeSantis wrote on Twitter. Turnout was exceedingly higher than expected and the youth vote in the state was particularly large. But Democrat Christine Hallquist lost her bid to become the first openly transgender USA governor in Vermont, where Republican incumbent Phil Scott won re-election. Then last week, seeking to give a final shot of energy to voters in deep-red regions of the state, Trump appeared with DeSantis at rallies in Lee County and in Pensacola.

In Oklahoma, Republican Kevin Stitt defeated Democrat Drew Edmondson, dashing Democratic hopes that outgoing Republican Governor Mary Fallin's low approval numbers had provided a rare opportunity in a deeply conservative state.

At the polls Tuesday, many voters said Trump's upset of Hillary Clinton and his support for DeSantis motivated them to cast ballots. There was a minor party candidate also in the race, and under Georgia law, if no candidate exceeds 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers advance to a December runoff election. The margin is too slim for an official result, and may lead to a recount.

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