DeSantis pins hopes on GOP turnout Tuesday

Clay Curtis
November 7, 2018

In addition to Wisconsin, Democrats also won governor races in three other states - Michigan, Pennsylvania and Kansas - that supported Trump in 2016, bolstering the party's hopes of capturing those states in the 2020 presidential election.

Ron DeSantis is the Governor-elect of Florida, after a hard-fought campaign based on his sterling biography and embrace of Trumpian populism.

"Other than serving in the military, becoming the 46th governor of the great state of Florida is the greatest professional honor of my life", DeSantis said. In the weeks leading up to the election, numerous polls had projected Nelson as the likely victor, though the race was competitive leading into Election Day.

After several weeks of freefall, with DeSantis' connections to alleged racists constantly in the headlines, the campaign brought on Susie Wiles, a legendary Republican campaign manager who helped Trump win Florida. Bill Nelson to become the next US senator to represent Florida. Gillum has repeatedly maintained that he is not the target of the wide-ranging FBI investigation into Tallahassee's city hall and that he got the tickets from his brother.

"I can guarantee you this, I'm not going anywhere", Gillum said. Gillum maintained throughout the campaign that the Federal Bureau of Investigation told him he was not a target of the probe, which could continue to dog him in the coming months or years. "Republicans had a very strong candidate Adam Putnam, who is in the primary against DeSantis..."

As of Monday afternoon, 5,111,452 - nearly 40 percent of the Sunshine State electorate - had turned out to vote early or by mail, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

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Gillum has received support from former president Barack Obama while DeSantis has gotten support from President Donald Trump.

Joyner said he moved to Florida to vote in the race.

In one final twist, DeSantis, who throughout the campaign portrayed Tallahassee as crime-ridden and unsafe, will now be moving their to do his new job - right alongside the city's mayor, (still) Andrew Gillum.

DeSantis has denied accusations of racism first when he warned voters not to "monkey this up" and vote for Gillum.

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". Hayes did not issue a correction on his popular Twitter feed, which has more than 1.75 million followers, nor was there a correction issued on his show's Twitter page. "I don't think we could have asked for a better turnout for Republicans. We knew that people who supported both governor candidates were going to be supporting Amendment 4". "This win by Ron DeSantis is a referendum to keep on doing what we're doing, because obviously it's working".

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