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Andrew Gillum vs. Ron DeSantis

Andrew Gillum vs. Ron DeSantis”

Andrew Gillum was poised to become the first black governor in Florida's history.

An NBC News/Marist poll released Monday has Gillum with a 4-point lead over DeSantis.

DeSantis and his wife, Casey, appeared before supporters at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando shortly after 11:15 p.m, after receiving a concession call from Gillum. Gillum's administration is under investigation for corruption by the FBI, while DeSantis has been accused of racism, including racist robocalls urging supporters not to vote for Gillum. "We stood up we stood strong we spoke out because we recognize that we had power".

DeSantis called Gillum a formidable opponent.

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.

The race was the much-anticipated match-up of the ideological wings of each of the major political parties, with DeSantis representing the GOP base that backed Trump, Gillum representing the activist grassroots element of the Democratic Party.

Accusations of race-baiting have dogged Kemp, 55, and DeSantis, 40.

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.

DeSantis' win represents an extension of a decade of trifecta Republican control of the swing state and a resounding win for Trump, who aggressively inserted himself into the race.

DeSantis' victory as the next governor of Florida will also have a lasting impact on the state's Supreme Court.

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.

While it's no surprise that in MSNBC's hypothetical world the Democrat wins every time, polls for Florida's gubernatorial race have been trending in Gillum's direction. Trump traveled to each state in the closing days of the election cycle to energize Republicans at "Make America Great Again" rallies. The FBI is probing whether developers were able to influence projects in the city by funneling gifts to elected officials.



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