Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Andrew Gillum concedes Florida Governor's race and congratulates Republican Ron DeSantis

Andrew Gillum concedes Florida Governor's race and congratulates Republican Ron DeSantis

"This has been the journey of our lives". DeSantis denied there was any racial innuendo in his remark, but race - and allegations that DeSantis was using it against his opponent - were never far off during the 10-week general election sprint.

Taking to Twitter on Saturday night, Mr Gillum - the mayor of state capital Tallahassee - paid tribute to his team, thanked voters and vowed to "keep fighting".

"Now, I'm not calling Mr. DeSantis a racist", Gillum said in response. "I'm simply saying the racists believe he's a racist", Gillum said previously. And, that he will continue to fight for the issues he campaigned on. The conservative lawmaker began to put together a gubernatorial transition shortly after Election Day despite the ongoing recount.

Gillum posted the video 11 days after the 2018 midterm elections, when tight margins between the two candidates triggered an automatic machine recount. "We wanted to make sure that every single vote ― including those that were overvotes, undervotes ― as long as those were legally cast, we wanted those votes to be counted", Gillum began.

DeSantis ran as a political outsider despite serving three terms in Congress and running for the U.S. Senate in 2016 before dropping out of the race when Republican Sen.

Florida produced some of the closest results in the USA mid-term elections, which were held on the 6th of November.

A recount is continuing in the race between Mr Nelson and his challenger for the Senate seat, outgoing Republican Governor Rick Scott.

Of the more than 8 million votes cast, DeSantis holds a 0.41 per cent lead.

Gillum's fight during the recount, however, became bigger than just winning the race. In it he says: "We see you and we hear you, and your voices will continue to power us".

After Gillum initially conceded the contest on election night, his subsequent calls for every vote to be counted echoed similar appeals from fellow Democrat U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.

Gillum or his campaign were not party to any of those suits, but he could have stood to benefit from them.

In the concession video, Gillum said he would work to ideal the state's electoral system.

"We said we would fight until the last vote is counted", said Gillum with his wife R. Jai on Facebook Live Saturday afternoon. A second, manual recount is underway in that contest, because the margin following the initial machine recount was still too narrow by state standards.

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