Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis vote in Florida

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DeSantis narrowly beat Tallahasee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the state's top race.

Gillum, who was trying to become the state's first black governor, told a crowd gathered on the campus of Florida A&M University, "I sincerely regret I couldn't bring it home for you".

Ron DeSantis won the Florida governor's race on Tuesday, bolstered by the strong support of fellow Republican President Donald Trump.

"We could not be prouder of the way that we ran this race".

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

Gilllum said he called DeSantis and congratulated him. "We let our voices be heard". "We are still on the verge of history, and the best is yet to come". "He set the tone for us as African-Americans to do certain things", said McClees, 18.

DeSantis' victory keeps the crucial swing state of Florida in Republican hands for the 2020 presidential election. Scott is running against incumbent Democratic Sen. The polls have also been leaning toward Nelson, though one recent HarrisX poll gives Scott a 2-point advantage.

During his victory speech, DeSantis also acknowledged Trump's role in the campaign.

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"The true story of this race is intense gratitude to President Trump". The president endorsed DeSantis in June.

Democrats, playing catch-up after a net loss of 13 governorships and more than 900 state legislative seats during the eight-year Obama administration, fielded their largest slate of legislative candidates in more than three decades.

In Michigan, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer turned back Republican Bill Schuette in the contest to replace Republican Governor Rick Snyder, who could not run again due to term limits.

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.

But Griffin insisted on social media that Gillum actually didn't mean to concede, and that he would win in a recount and a runoff election.

In turn, Gillum was assailed over alleged ties to a radical far-left group associated with anti-Semitism and Palestinian terrorism.

Just another in a long line of extremely close gubernatorial races in Florida that have gone the way of the GOP. Trump joined in, tweeting similar messages.

Joyner said he moved to Florida to vote in the race. Gillum has never been named as a subject of the investigation. 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.

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