Democrats pick up United States governorships but lose Florida, Ohio

Democrats pick up United States governorships but lose Florida, Ohio

Democrats pick up United States governorships but lose Florida, Ohio

Had Gillum won, he would have been the first black governor of Florida. In Kansas, state Senator Laura Kelly defeated Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who was a key architect of the GOP's voter suppression efforts nationwide.

At the same time, the U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott remained too close to call, and Nelson's elections lawyer predicted it would be a "jump ball" as it became more likely there would be a recount in that race.

An NBC News/Marist poll released Monday has Gillum with a 4-point lead over DeSantis.

In Florida, DeSantis was criticized for using coded racist language when he said Gillum would "monkey the state up" in an interview.

The DeSantis-Gillum campaign was among the most closely watched in the country this midterm election season. He also told reporters on a conference call Thursday morning that there was significant undervoting in Broward County for the Senate race, where he said many voters didn't cast a vote for that race.

"21 years later and here we are", DeSantis said after being declared the victor.

"The supervisor of elections always seem to be the two that we have problems with".

Isbell said a variety of factors that increasingly favor Republicans in Florida became clear Tuesday, chiefly the "consolidation of the conservative and white vote in Florida that started in 2016 and continued Tuesday". "Nelson is going to be declared the victor and return to the U.S. Senate", said Marc Elias, a recount attorney hired by the Nelson campaign, in a conference call. Less than a single percentage point separated the two with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

The tight gubernatorial race between Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and former Rep. DeSantis' primary campaign was based nearly entirely on his and Trump's mutual admiration. In the months leading up to the election, Gillum was projected to win the gubernatorial bid.

"I would be dishonest if I didn't say this wasn't hard", he added.

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.

"I'm calling this right now: Unless Trump is getting taken down easily in his re-election, he is winning Florida in 2020".

But concession speeches are not legally binding. Trump tweeted last week. "He understands it. He cares about Florida and I told him that some of this infrastructure needs to get going".

The Miami Herald reported that he won Florida by about 56,000 votes.

If that line earned Gillum viral praise and national recognition, his indirect connections to an FBI investigation into public corruption in Tallahassee was a drag on his campaign, which at times struggled to explain Gillum's relationship with a former lobbyist and friend and his run-ins with an undercover federal agent.

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