Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Democrat concedes to Republican in Florida governor race

Democrat concedes to Republican in Florida governor race

"This was not just about an election cycle, this was about creating the kind of change in this state that really allows for the voices of everyday people to show up against in our government", Gillum said. "This fight for Florida continues".

Democrat Andrew Gillum says in ending his bid for Florida governor that the race "has been the journey of our lives" for the candidate and his wife R. Jai.

In a tweet following Gillum's concession, DeSantis wrote, "Now it's time to bring Florida together".

For the Senate race, unofficial results show incumbent Nelson trailing Scott by about 12,600 votes out of more than 8.2 million cast, or 0.15 percentage points.

The Gillum-DeSantis race for Governor wasn't the only contest that went to a recount.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama (C) campaigns for Democrats, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (R) and and Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum (L) in Miami, Florida, U.S. November 2, 2018.

Florida produced some of the closest results in the US mid-term elections, which were held on the 6th of November. He and other Democrats repeatedly said they were sticking with the campaign until all legally cast votes were counted.

"We said we would fight until the last vote is counted", said Gillum with his wife R. Jai on Facebook Live Saturday afternoon.

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".

Counties have until noon on Sunday to file their official results, but it appears the gap is too far for Nelson to close. Lawyers for Democratic interests, including Nelson's campaign, looked to expand the number of available votes in federal court by overturning a series of Florida election laws, but those efforts largely failed. Mr Trump and Republicans have claimed voter fraud without offering any evidence. Gillum was the surprise victor of the Democratic primary, embracing a progressive platform for his campaign as he vied to become the state's first African-American governor.

With counties across Florida in the middle of a hand recount for statewide races, Broward thought its recount in the US Senate race was complete on Friday.

At least 44 out of 67 counties have finished their hand recount in the Senate race.

"The ballots are in the building", Snipes tells members of the canvassing board responsible for doing the hand recount.

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