Florida Governor Race – Live Results
Florida Senate Race – Live Results
Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum conceded defeat to Republican Ron DeSantis in the Florida governor's race and failed in his search for the first African-American governor of the Sunshine State.
In another tightly watched race across the state, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Rick Scott were separated by less than one percentage point at 11:15. Tuesday, 99 percent of district reports.
Gillum turned to the reporters shortly after 11pm. and DeSantis soon declared victory.
The apparent victory of DeSantis was a ray of hope for the Republicans on a mixed night that lost control of the house while retaining control of the Senate.
The exitus surveys indicated that Florida voters' priorities largely reflected the rest of the nation, with health care (selected by 41 percent), followed by immigration (29 percent) and the economy (16 percent) the highest found. Only eleven percent of Florida voters identified gun policy as the main issue less than a year after the mass shootings in Parkland.
In both the governor competition and the Senate competition, electoral health care and weapons policy plagued Democrats Gillum and Nelson hard. Voters focused mainly on immigration and the economy, largely supporting DeSantis and Scott.
Sixteen percent of voters in Florida said this was the first time they had voted in an interim election. These new voters almost two to one opposed the Democratic candidates for both national offices.
In terms of race, around 13 percent of voters in Florida are black and the majority have voted Gillum for governor and Nelson for senator. Although the majority of white voters supported DeSantis, around 40 percent said they voted for Gillum. Likewise, around 40 percent of white voters say they voted for Nelson.
Gillum would have been Florida's first black governor, and over two-thirds of voters said it was important to elect more racial and ethnic minorities for public office. He and DeSantis are two ideological opposites. DeSantis is a passionate Trump supporter promising the implementation of President's policies, and Gillum, a progressive advocate for Medicaid development and the abolition of immigration and customs enforcement.
Nelson defends his seat against Scott, the current governor. The Florida Senate race is one of the most important in the country, and a win for Nelson or Scott could help shape the Senate's partisan record. While candidates have dealt with national issues such as health care and immigration, local concerns also play an important role in the race, such as recovery from the hurricane and the influx of toxic "red tide" arcs into Florida waters.
President Trump has been to Florida several times to promote DeSantis' campaign, twice in a week. He told a crowd of pensacola that "this election is about security" and also touched on issues of the economy, immigration and the Supreme Court. The Republican follows Gillum by a narrow margin. Former President Obama has also campaigned in the state and told voters that Andrew Gillum will extend Medicaid coverage, and Democrats would "not allow Republicans to burden their health care."
In a CBS News Battleground Tracker survey conducted in October, it was revealed that Gillum DeSantis was just one point ahead of the limit.