In another closely watched statewide race, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Rick Scott were separated by less than 60,000 votes out of a total of more than 8 million as of 1:15 a.m.in their Senate race.
Bill Nelson to become the next US senator to represent Florida. The president also used his Twitter account to attack Gillum, calling him "a thief" who is "mayor of poorly run Tallahassee". He also reminded voters that the next governor will appoint three justices.
But Florida Democrats' "itsy bitsy gains" -- offset in Florida by Gillum's loss and the possibility of Scott's defeat of Nelson -- came in a year in which Democrats regained control of the U.S. House and made inroads in state legislatures throughout the country, Vancore noted.
A supporter of tax cuts and President Donald Trump's Supreme Court choices and a critic of Obamacare, Scott promises to be a reliable vote in support of Trump's agenda.
In one final twist, DeSantis, who throughout the campaign portrayed Tallahassee as crime-ridden and risky, will now be moving their to do his new job - right alongside the city's mayor, (still) Andrew Gillum.
Gillum had pulled off an upset in the Democratic primary, winning the nomination after consistently polling in third for most of that race, but he was unable to carry that same momentum into the general election.
DeSantis won with 49.7 percent of the votes, with ballots in his favour totalling 4,052,118 votes.
Hill doesn't know whether Florida ever will count her votes for Gillum, who narrowly lost to DeSantis and conceded the race, or any other of her preferred candidates.
"We'll worry about history later but today, we're working to win".
In Oklahoma, Republican Kevin Stitt defeated Democrat Drew Edmondson, dashing Democratic hopes that outgoing Republican Governor Mary Fallin's low approval numbers had provided a rare opportunity in a deeply conservative state. Trump visited Florida and held a rally with DeSantis on October 31.
Trump was heavily invested in the race, making two visits to the state in the final week of the campaign.
Andrew Gillum's historic race for Florida governor may not be over. Trump traveled to each state in the closing days of the election cycle to energize Republicans at "Make America Great Again" rallies. County-level results showed Mucarsel-Powell won enough ballots in Miami-Dade to overcome Curbelo's advantage in the Keys.
Gillum was favored by polls to win the state, thanks to his strong support from the African American community and young people.
Despite all the hype surrounding Gillum, he failed to gain as many votes as his senatorial counterpart, incumbent Democrat Sen.
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