Gillum - the mayor of Tallahassee who has the charisma and political acumen that led many to believe he would be the one to finally retake the Florida governorship for the Democrats - came into Tuesday's election soaring high by most pollsters' calculations.
Even with Trump's blessing, DeSantis lagged behind Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the race for the Republican nomination until Trump bestowed his "full endorsement" on DeSantis in late June and then appeared with DeSantis at a rally in Tampa on July 31.
In terms of race, about 13 percent of the Florida electorate are black and the majority voted for Gillum for governor and Nelson for senator.
In Kansas, Democrat Laura Kelly defeated Kris Kobach, a staunch Trump ally, where outgoing Republican Governor Sam Brownback suffered from low approval ratings. Despite the blue wave of support that showed up for Gillum and across the country, the Trump-backed former prosecutor won among men and older voters, continuing a two-decade legacy of Republican governors in the Sunshine State.
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The Blues - who are now unbeaten - climbed above Liverpool into second place after their 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday. We can not drop points, we need to work hard, keep improving and let's see on that day if we have the chance to do it.
The new totals show that DeSantis is ahead of Democrat Andrew Gillum by 0.57 percent of the vote or 46,722 votes. In Georgia, where Democrat Stacey Abrams is running against Republican Brian Kemp, the votes are still being counted.
Both candidates have seen their share of controversy.
DeSantis quit his job in Congress to focus on the gubernatorial race, a heated affair that largely reflected the broader national tensions over race and class in the Trump era. They deny the charges.
With a crowd of supporters cheering him on, Andrew Gillum cast his ballot for governor of Florida this morning at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Tallahassee, FL. Florida is one of the most closely watched swing states in the nation, and voters here helped turn the tide for George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. "We didn't win this transaction", he told his supporters.
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Christopher Watts, 33, married his late wife Shannan in Mecklenburg County in 2012, and her parents still live in North Carolina. Christopher Watts is in court for his arraignment hearing at the Weld County Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in Greeley, Colorado.
Florida Democrats' strategy in midterm elections has been to nominate a moderate, white candidate from the central part of the state while targeting their turnout effort to the party's South Florida stronghold and along the Interstate 4 corridor that runs from Daytona Beach in the east to Tampa Bay in the west. They haven't controlled the state House or Senate since the mid-1990s.
The next largest differences were in Miami-Dade County, where about 1,900 more people voted for a Senate candidate than for governor, and Duval, where about 1,800 more people voted in the governor's race than the Senate race, according to the preliminary state results.
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.
Voters in Florida have a rare clear choice between a rock-solid conservative and a democratic socialist for governor. The effect is the cancellation of a registration of voters, mostly Black or Hispanic.
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Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Debra Haaland of New Mexico became the first Native American women elected to Congress. Democrat Janet Mills of ME and Republican Kristi Noem of South Dakota are the first women elected as governor in their state.
Broward election officials said repeatedly throughout the day that they didn't know how many mail-in ballots were still being counted.