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Ron DeSantis narrowly wins Florida's governor race

07 November 2018

A Florida church that is hosting a polling place is being criticized by election officials after its pastor posted a sign reading "Don't vote for Democrats on Tuesday and sing "Oh How I Love Jesus" on Sunday".

Gillum conceded victory to DeSantis Tuesday night after narrowly trailing behind.

In Florida, Democrat Andrew Gillum lost his attempt to become the state's first black governor, suffering a narrow defeat to Republican Ron DeSantis in a racially charged contest that drew national attention.

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The race was the much-anticipated match-up of the ideological wings of each of the major political parties, with DeSantis representing the GOP base that backed Trump, Gillum representing the activist grassroots element of the Democratic Party.

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But to win the general, DeSantis needed to do more than have the support of a polarizing president to win over moderates.

The gubernatorial race was a study in contrasts: a straight-talking, unapologetically progressive, black nominee running against a Tea Party figure who released a campaign ad in which his young children built Trump's fabled border wall out of toy bricks.

An FBI investigation into corruption raised some uncomfortable questions for Mr Gillum about a Broadway staging of Hamilton, a trip to Costa Rica, and a former college friend.

DeSantis also invariably contended that Florida would be less safe under Gillum, because of Gillum's positions on immigration and policing, as well as by repeating Tallahassee has the highest crime rate in the state.

Grammy-winning singer Rihanna is all in for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum receiving the last-minute support needed to help him become Florida governor.

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"In Florida there is a choice between a Harvard/Yale educated man named @RonDeSantisFL who has been a great Congressman and will be a great Governor - and a Dem who is a thief and who is Mayor of poorly run Tallahassee said to be one of the most corrupt cities in the Country!" Trump tweeted last week.

After Wiles' arrival, DeSantis began to claw his way back up in the polls, though he never fully did until the final outcome told a different story. You both get dirty, but the pig likes it.

Gillum also spoke to the crowd about the issues that caused him to run for office and said his message to Trump and DeSantis is clear, "The politics of hatred and separation have come to an end". "So ignore him and vote, Florida!"

Gillum is linked to an ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and accepted a Hamilton ticket, worth hundreds of dollars, from an undercover agent.

By 2 a.m. EST (0700 GMT), Kemp held a three-point lead, but Abrams told her supporters that she expected a runoff once all votes were counted.

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