DeSantis: No reaction to race he declared 'over'

Hannah Rogers
November 18, 2018

Democrat Andrew Gillum has admitted defeat to his Republican rival in the race to be named Florida's governor - for the second time. "This has been the journey of our lives". "We've been so honored by the support that we've received", Gillum said in a video statement. In it he says: "We see you and we hear you, and your voices will continue to power us".

Mr Gillum, the 39-year-old liberal mayor of Tallahassee, had initially conceded the race on the night of the November 6 election to Mr DeSantis, a conservative former congressman.

For the Senate race, unofficial results show incumbent Nelson trailing Scott by about 12,600 votes out of more than 8.2 million cast, or 0.15 percentage points. "He will be a strong Democrat warrior long into the future - a force to reckon with!"

Responding to the news on Twitter, Mr DeSantis said it was now "time to bring Florida together". US District Judge Mark Walker gave voters until 5 p.m. Saturday to fix their ballots if they haven't been counted because of mismatched signatures.

In a statement from his campaign late Saturday, Gillum recalled how he had vowed earlier to "fight until the last vote is counted". The tight margin prompted a statewide recount.

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DeSantis stumbled out of the gate after winning the August 28 primary, telling Fox News that voters shouldn't "monkey this up" by electing Gillum.

The state's Senate race, between Democratic Sen. The corruption allegation stemmed from a continuing FBI investigation into City Hall that Gillum has said he is not a target of and is cooperating with; the charge that Tallahassee had the state's highest crime rate was false.

Late Thursday, Walker rejected a challenge by Nelson and Democrats to the rules of the hand recount in the Senate race.

The Facebook live video comes as the state's two mandated manual recounts wind down. The altered forms surfaced in Broward, Santa Rosa, Citrus and Okaloosa counties and were reported to federal prosecutors to review for possible election fraud as Florida counties completed a required recount in three top races. Snipes did insist that the ballots were still in the elections building. It will involve only that fraction of ballots in which voters either cast two votes for one race, which is called an overvote, or no candidate, or an undervote.

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