Andrew Gillum concedes Florida governor’s race to Ron DeSantis

Andrew Gillum concedes Florida governor’s race to Ron DeSantis”

Tallahassee mayor, Andrew Gillum, has officially conceded the Florida governor's race as a recount of ballots from the USA midterm elections neared its end. "This has been the journey of our lives". "I remain humbled by your support and the great honor the people of Florida have shown me as I prepare to serve as your next governor", he said in his statement, inviting Gillum "to join me in the days ahead in a conversation about the future of our great state". In it he says: "We see you and we hear you, and your voices will continue to power us".

Florida produced some of the nation's closest results in the November 6 midterm elections, including DeSantis's apparent narrow victory over Gillum.

Gillum's race all but ended on Thursday, however, when the machine portion of the recount ended and DeSantis gained one vote on the Tallahassee mayor. "He never gave up and never will", the president tweeted, before saying Mr Gillum would become a "strong Democrat warrior" in the future and "a force to reckon with".

Responding to the news on Twitter, Mr DeSantis said it was now "time to bring Florida together".

Florida produced some of the country's closest results in the U.S. midterm elections, with a Senate race between outgoing governor Rick Scott and incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson also going to a recount. Counties have until noon on Sunday to report official results to the Department of State.

Mr Trump had also said there was "a lot of dishonesty" over contested votes. Ultimately, Gillum trailed DeSantis by more than 30,000 votes.

"Now, I'm not calling Mr. DeSantis a racist", Gillum said in response.

DeSantis defeated Gillum by 33,683 votes, or 0.41 percentage points.

A recount is continuing in the race between Nelson and his challenger for the Senate seat, outgoing Republican Governor Rick Scott. Snipes did insist that the ballots were still in the elections building.

Gillum's announcement came as most Florida counties were winding down their hand recount in the state's contentious U.S. Senate race.

Snipes has already been under fire for the way her office has handled the election and recount.

The race was one of the most closely watched in the country.

On Saturday, the top elections official in Broward County acknowledged publicly that her office had misplaced more than 2,000 ballots.

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