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DeSantis Defeats Gillum for Governor, Defends Republican Stronghold in Florida

11-05-2018

Republican Ron DeSantis beat Democrat Andrew Gillum in the battle to become Florida's next governor. 

DeSantis won 49.9 percent of the votes, while Gillum won 48.9 percent. 

The governor's race in Florida was a key one to watch on election night. That's because Florida is a high stakes swing state that could be a preview for 2020.

Gillum fought a hard campaign, hoping to be the first Democratic governor elected by Floridians in 20 years. 

High profile Democratic heavy hitters including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders stumped for Gillum.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump rallied support for DeSantis this past week in Fort Myers and Pensacola, telling voters they had a choice "between greatness and gridlock."

Gillum told supporters in Wakulla that Tuesday is a choice between the "Trumpizing of America" and working together. He has also criticized Gov. Rick Scott (R) for opposing Medicaid expansion. 

Meanwhile, DeSantis, who's stepped down from US Congress to run in this race, told supporters in Orlando he has a "proven record of being the leader Florida needs." He also reminded voters that the next governor will appoint three justices. 

Both candidates have seen their share of controversy. Gillum faced accusations of corruption due to an FBI investigation into development in Tallahassee. DeSantis has denied accusations of racism first when he warned voters not to "monkey this up" by voting for Gillum. 

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