Ron DeSantis to Become Florida Governor After Andrew Gillum Concedes

Republicans will keep control of the Florida State Capitol as Trump-backed Rep. Ron DeSantis is on track to win Florida’s tight gubernatorial race.

His competitor, Andrew Gillum, conceded just before 11 p.m. ET.

“Earlier this evening I called Mr. Ron Desantis and congratulated him on what we expect will be him as the next governor as the great state of Florida,” Gillum said. “I want you to know … that in spite of our congratulating him on his victory this evening, nothing that we believe in is compromised.

“I still believe and I still trust the voters,” he added. “We may not have always shown up but I still believe that there are more of us that believe in what is common and what is good.”

“But I can guarantee you this,” he continued, “I’m not going anywhere.”

The close nature of this election continued Florida’s tradition of having consequential elections, and national attention on the race followed.

President Donald Trump endorsed DeSantis shortly after he won his primary, and the president went on to campaign for him in his so-called second home state. Trump carried the state by a slim margin over in the 2016 presidential election.

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Source: ABC News