Election Day votes were being counted and released throughout the evening.
He was joined by U.S. Sen.
It was Trump's support, including a July endorsement rally in Tampa, that helped propel DeSantis past a better-funded and more widely known opponent, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, in the August 28 Republican primary.
MSNBC called the race early - by a day.
But DeSantis, who stepped down from his Northeast Florida congressional seat in September, said "a lot of our super voters have yet to vote", referring to loyal Republicans who have voted in the last three or four elections.
Just another in a long line of extremely close gubernatorial races in Florida that have gone the way of the GOP.
"This sounds like an oxymoron, but hear me out".
"People are going out and they're voting for something and not against".
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.
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"He came down here and fired up our voters, and it looks like we're poised for victory", U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach Republican, told The News Service of Florida on Tuesday night.
Gillum was favored by polls to win the state, thanks to his strong support from the African American community and young people. I'm simply saying the racists believe he's a racist, ' he said.
Hans Hasell, another political science professor at Florida State University, said DeSantis's campaign strategy was likely more concerned with trying to get conservative voters to turn up at the polls than it was with trying to get liberal voters to change their minds. "I think that the national, and certainly the local narrative, was that we were going to have a banner year for the Democrats, but apparently the results may be bearing out that that may not necessarily be the case". "That is something our opponent has a bad track record in", Nunez said.
Both candidates secured significant donations from real estate professionals in South Florida and throughout the state.
He added:"I guess what I'm most surprised by is that despite all this talk of the wave, it didn't necessarily pan out, at least locally, the way we thought it would".
"He wants a 40 percent tax increase", said DeSantis.
"She described DeSantis as a "work horse", who would read policy papers even on his rare nights at home with his two small children, sending her texts with questions all the while".
DeSantis also repeatedly referenced Gillum's support for Medicaid expansion, and in the primary, his support for Bernie Sanders-endorsed Medicare for All.
DeSantis earned the backing of President Donald Trump during the Florida Primaries earlier this year. The two-term governor, who also survived a Democratic-driven recall election in 2012 after ending collective bargaining for public workers, briefly ran for president in 2016.