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Republican Ron DeSantis wins Florida governor election, CNN projects

Republican Ron DeSantis wins Florida governor election, CNN projects Republican Ron DeSantis wins Florida governor election, CNN projects
Melinda Barton | 07 November, 2018, 21:55

With more than 80 percent of the vote counted, DeSantis held a lead of 1 percent.

Gillum conceded to DeSantis at about 11 p.m. on Tuesday and delivered an emotional speech to his supporters vowing to continue to fight for his beliefs.

"Obviously, we do not yet have any vote totals here, the night before the election", he added.

Republicans also scored a major victory in OH, where Mike DeWine, the state attorney general, defeated Democrat Richard Cordray, who served as the first director of the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Democrats won governorships on Tuesday in several US states that supported Republican President Donald Trump in 2016 but lost high-profile races in Florida and OH, as voters cast ballots in dozens of gubernatorial contests across the country.

The Democrats have taken control of the House of Representatives, whilst Republicans have retained their grasp on the Senate. Basically it's a swing state in a relatively Democratic year with a Democratic incumbent - it all looked like a real advantage for Nelson.

The race was among the most watched in the United States midterms, with Trump throwing his weight behind DeSantis and Gillum endorsed by former Democratic president Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

He said that winning "will send a message to Mr. Trump, and Mr. DeSantis as well, that the politics of hatred of division and separation, that they've come to an end".

The tweet read: "Ron DeSantis showed great courage in his hard fought campaign to become the Governor of Florida".

Governors and hundreds of legislators elected this year will be in office when congressional districts are redrawn after the 2020 Census.

The outgoing governor, Rick Scott, was term limited.

Voters in Florida have a rare clear choice between a rock-solid conservative and a democratic socialist for governor.

Florida's more than 13 million registered voters are choosing a new governor and voting on a pivotal U.S. Senate contest.

At the polls Tuesday, many voters said Trump's upset of Hillary Clinton and his support for DeSantis motivated them to cast ballots.

The President has also dubbed the results a "big victory" for his party, expressing his urgency to "get back to work". Her rival, Republican Brian Kemp, won 50.4 percent of the vote to Abrams' 48.7 percent. The presence of a third-party candidate on the ballot makes that possibility more likely.