Republicans Ron DeSantis, Rick Scott Win Big In Florida

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He kept it close in Pinellas, the most populous of those 30, which former President Barack Obama won in 2008 and 2012 and Trump in 2016.

Florida's term-limited governor won a narrow victory for a U.S. Senate seat, flipping yet another seat to the GOP.

DeSantis earned the backing of President Donald Trump during the Florida Primaries earlier this year.

"He and his campaign were as good as anybody I've seen", Wiles said of Gillum. We couldn't be prouder.

"I promise you tonight that we are going to make sure every vote is counted", she said.

Gillum replied: "My grandmother used to say a hit dog will holler". We didn't shrink from power. "We stood up, we stood strong, we spoke out". "We have been doing this quietly behind the scenes, not to be presumptuous, but just because you don't have enough time".

Gillum told supporters in Wakulla that Tuesday is a choice between the "Trumpizing of America" and working together.

Florida, the king of swing states, delivered a grievous blow to Democrats looking to the sunshine state to light them a path towards victory in 2020.

In another closely watched statewide race, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Rick Scott were separated by less than 60,000 votes out of a total of more than 8 million as of 1:15 their Senate race. Scott is running against incumbent Democratic Sen. With 99% reporting, NBC reports that Scott leads by 0.4 points, 50.2 - 49.8 (4,074,001 votes to 4,039,498).

As governor, DeSantis will essentially be Trump lite. The president endorsed DeSantis in June.

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"It's obviously important because it has presidential implications as far as it's such a pivotal state".

'I'm not calling Mr. DeSantis a racist.

Racial divisions were highlighted throughout the campaign.

Gillum urged his supporters not to give up.

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

The Democratic nominee is Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

Florida A&M student Jalen McClees said that regardless of the result, Gillum made him proud.

As governor, DeSantis has said he aims to stop illegal immigration, sign anti-abortion legislation into law, accelerate small business growth, restore the Everglades and improve classroom spending in order to retain and recruit teachers, among other things. Trump joined in, tweeting similar messages. "I have never rented my home to another person". You both get dirty, but the pig likes it.

On the morning after, strategists and activists awoke to a crisis of confidence and a humbling acknowledgment that even as Democrats are winning in Wisconsin and Kansas, in Florida Republicans are always about 60,000 votes ahead. Gillum maintained throughout the campaign that the Federal Bureau of Investigation told him he was not a target of the probe, which could continue to dog him in the coming months or years. The FBI is probing whether developers were able to influence projects in the city by funneling gifts to elected officials. The agent was posing as a businessman interested in investing in Tallahassee, according to local reports.

Gillum claimed he thought the ticket came from his younger brother, and acknowledged that he "should have asked more questions".