TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Ron DeSantis won the Florida governor’s race on Tuesday, bolstered by the strong support of fellow Republican President Donald Trump.
DeSantis, 40, a conservative former congressman, defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum, 39, the staunchly liberal mayor of state capital Tallahassee who was seeking to become Florida’s first black governor and who conceded the race.
Florida is the most populous of the battleground states that swing between the parties in presidential elections, but Republicans have controlled the governor’s mansion for two decades.
Watch DeSantis’ acceptance speech below:
— CSPAN (@cspan) November 7, 2018
And Gillum’s concession:
Democrat Andrew Gillum after conceding the Florida governor race to Ron DeSantis: "We have a choice to make tomorrow morning. Are we going to wake up and bask in sorrow and defeat, or are we going to get up and reassert ourselves to the mission at hand?" pic.twitter.com/keb2xG4Pyc
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 7, 2018