Ron DeSantis Won Florida Governor's Race by Tying Himself to Trump

Jewish voters hear last-minute warning about Gillum

DeSantis was elected governor on Tuesday, defeating Tallahasee Mayor Andrew Gillum in a close race.

DeSantis had snagged an endorsement from President Donald Trump, which seemed to help him in both the primary and in November.

Gillum called DeSantis and conceded victory late Tuesday night.

"The polls might say the opposite, but Andrew Gillum really won". He advocated for "Medicare for All" before admitting that Florida likely couldn't accomplish a single-payer system on its own, called for the abolishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a federal agency, in its current form, and was vocal about the importance of DACA, a federal immigration policy. I think without his two visits we would not have done enough to inspire Republican voters to show up. The corruption allegation stemmed from a continuing FBI investigation into City Hall that Gillum has said he is not a target of and is cooperating with; the charge that Tallahassee had the state's highest crime rate was false. That poll has an error margin or plus or minus 5 points, so make of that what you will, too. Since then, his favorability rating hasn't fared well.

All throughout the midterm election campaign, Democrats had held out hopes of a "blue wave" of their supporters sweeping them into the House of Representatives, and possibly also the Senate. In addition to DeSantis' resume as an Ivy-League-educated Iraq veteran, as the weeks went on, his campaign also became heavily focused on the economy and public safety - through the lens of Gillum. For Floridians, he supported expanded Medicaid coverage, an increased starting salary for teachers and and more stringent gun control measures, such as bans on assault weapons and limits on the size of magazines. Oliva endorsed DeSantis before the primary, when most state lawmakers were backing Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

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If Gillum wins, he will be the first Democratic governor elected by Floridians in 20 years.

"Negative partisanship drove this race", said Alex Patton, a GOP strategist whose client list doesn't include DeSantis.

Democrats scored big victories on Tuesday in governor races in MI and Kansas, U.S. states that voted for Republican President Donald Trump in 2016, while the hotly contested gubernatorial elections in Georgia and Florida remained too close to call.

Gillum wasn't immune to scandals. DeSantis hammered Gillum's ethics and honesty, questioning whether he has been telling the truth about his role in the ongoing FBI investigation. King, who ran in the primary against Gillum, Gwen Graham, Philip Levine and Greene, is CEO of Elevation Financial Group, a Winter Park-based company that builds affordable housing.

Trump again played a major role in the general election, appearing at rallies with DeSantis in Lee County and Pensacola in the final week of the campaign.

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