DeSantis Wins Florida Governor

Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis has defeated Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum in a tightly contested election.

Gillum conceded the race just before 11 p.m.

"I sincerely regret that I couldn't bring it home to you," Gillum told supporters Tuesday night in Tallahassee.

Then, he promised not to go away.

DeSantis was endorsed by President Donald Trump, who heaped high-praise on the conservative congressman.

A former U.S. Naval officer and federal prosecutor, DeSantis was elected to the U.S. House in 2012 and quickly ascended up the GOP political ladder, announcing his intention to run for Senate after Marco Rubio sought the presidency in 2016. 

When Rubio decided to seek re-election, DeSantis withdrew from the race and instead turned his attention to the governor's mansion.

DeSantis ran a largely negative campaign, accusing his opponent of corruption and being a failed mayor. 

Gillum ran a largely positive campaign while promising to expand health care, protect the environment and raise corporate taxes to boost education spending.

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