Tallahassee Mayor Gillum, Republican former Rep. DeSantis cast votes

Misfire’ MSNBC Airs Fake Graphic Showing Andrew Gillum Winning Florida Vote			Screenshots MSNBC Arr BNN		6 Nov 2018

Ron DeSantis, the Republican candidate for governor, won roughly 50 percent of the vote, compared to 49 percent for Democrat Andrew Gillum, who conceded shortly before 11 p.m.

Had Gillum won, he would have been the first black governor of Florida.

Democrats picked up governorships in Kansas and at least three other U.S. states on Tuesday but failed to win high-profile races in Florida and OH, as voters cast ballots in three dozen gubernatorial contests across the country.

In terms of race, about 13 percent of the Florida electorate are black and the majority voted for Gillum for governor and Nelson for senator.

Gillum's candidacy was plagued with allegations about his spending while he was mayor of Tallahassee and questions about whether or not an FBI investigation into the city during his tenure as mayor had extended to him.

As expected, statewide Democratic candidates fared well in South Florida, where the party dominates voter rolls. But Democrat Christine Hallquist lost her bid to become the first openly transgender United States governor in Vermont, where Republican incumbent Phil Scott won re-election.

The win maintained the grip Republicans have had on the governor's office since Jeb Bush was sworn in in 1999, and DeSantis will have a chance to return the favor for Trump in 2020, when Florida figures to play a pivotal role in the presidential election.

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DeSantis quit his job in Congress to focus on the gubernatorial race, a heated affair that largely reflected the broader national tensions over race and class in the Trump era. A graphic that briefly aired showed Democrat Andrew Gillum narrowly leading Republican Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis stumbled out of the gate after winning the August 28 primary, telling Fox News that voters shouldn't "monkey this up" by electing Gillum, who was Florida's first black nominee for governor.

After casting his ballot on a drizzly morning in Tallahassee, the capital of Florida, Gillum said his election would send a message to Trump "that the politics of hatred and of division, of separation, that they've come to an end".

Republicans controlled 33 governors' mansions and two-thirds of state legislative chambers going into Tuesday. The undercover agent also appears to have paid for the $4,000 catering bill for a 2016 fundraiser for Gillum's political committee.

More people in Broward voted for the state's commissioner of agriculture, chief financial officer and attorney general positions than they did for the Senate, according to the preliminary county results.

He joked during brief remarks that he wasn't sure his wife, R. Jai Gillum, whom he met at Florida A&M University, had voted for him.

Democrats have cast more than 2.1 million ballots.

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