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Andrew Gillum Concedes Florida governor’s Race to Republican Ron DeSantis

Democrat Andrew Gillum has conceded Florida governor’s race.

Democrat Andrew Gillum has conceded Florida governor’s race to GOP candidate Ron DeSantis, the AP reports.

Gillum was hoping to become the state’s first black governor and first Democrat to hold the seat since 1994.

DeSantis is a former U.S. Representative who ran for U.S. Senate in 2016, but dropped out after Marco Rubio decided to seek re-election. DeSantis had previously been endorsed by President Donald Trump.
He fended off his opponent, Andrew Gillum, one of the strongest candidates Florida Democrats had fielded in years. Republicans have now won every election for governor since 1998.

Gillum conceded the race after running behind most of the night, and the Associated Press declared his opponent the winner. “We could not be prouder of the way we ran this race,” he told his supporters. “We recognize that we didn’t win this tonight.”

In an emotional address, in which he appeared close to tears, he apologized to those who had worked on his campaign. “I sincerely regret that I couldn’t bring it home for you,” he said. But he added: “Are we going to wake up and bask in sorrow and defeat? Or are we going to get up and reassert ourselves at the mission at hand?”

The crowd, which waited through much of the night in pouring rain, held up phones and filmed the speech, exchanging hugs and praying. A few supporters were in tears.

Gillum, who would have become Florida’s first African-American governor, came close to succeeding but ultimately could not overcome the state’s inexorable demographics: Older white voters who lean conservative vote at far higher rates than do millennial and minority voters, whom Mr. Gillum needed to turn out in big numbers to assemble a winning coalition.

Brennen Jones

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