Published: Wed, November 07, 2018

Dems fail to win in pair of FL races

Dems fail to win in pair of FL races

Recent polls show a slight edge for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum (D) over Republican candidate Ron DeSantis (R) in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections.

From the beginning of his campaign, DeSantis, a lawyer and former congressman, tied his electoral chances to Trump, using frequent appearances on the Fox News network to defend the president and his policies.

In recent days, developers Don Peebles and Jeff Greene each gave $100,000 to Forward Florida, a political action committee supporting Gillum.

"We could not be prouder of the way that we ran this race". "We let our voices be heard". And just because we didn't always come out victorious we didn't retreat.

"I think if Republicans vote and vote in big numbers on Tuesday, we will win all of these races", he said at a rally outside the Freedom Pharmacy on the east side of Orlando.

Gillum was favored by polls to win the state, thanks to his strong support from the African American community and young people. Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania - where Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf easily won re-election on Tuesday - are typically Democratic states that swung to Trump in 2016, handing him the presidency.

Gillum conceded the race at the same time Fox News was projecting his narrow loss.

As governor, DeSantis will essentially be Trump lite.

Trump was heavily invested in the race, making two visits to the state in the final week of the campaign. The president endorsed DeSantis in June.

"It's obviously important because it has presidential implications as far as it's such a pivotal state".


DeSantis has been in the US House since 2012, and has a close relationship with President Trump.

The race was among the most watched in the USA midterms, with Trump throwing his weight behind DeSantis and Gillum endorsed by former Democratic president Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

DeSantis' victory continues the drought for Democrats seeking Florida's highest office that started in 1998 when Bush defeated Buddy MacKay, who had been Lawton Chiles' lieutenant governor.

Racial divisions were highlighted throughout the campaign.

Rep. Jeanette Nunez, a Miami Republican who is running for lieutenant governor with DeSantis, slammed Gillum for Tallahassee's crime rate, which is above the state average based on population.

The Florida race in particular appeared to be coming down to the wire.

"My most significant and valued supporter is standing right next to me, despite what the media might say", DeSantis said of his wife Casey.

Gillum responded that Trump was "howling because he's weak", and tweeted that Trump was lying about him.

Joyner said he moved to Florida to vote in the race.

But the Tallahassee mayor was forced to defend himself against accusations of wrongdoing related to an FBI investigation of city government, which became a cornerstone of DeSantis' campaign.

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