Trump Ally Ron DeSantis Wins Florida Governor's Race

Republican Ron De Santis and Democrat Andrew Gillum fist-bump at their debate last month

Ron DeSantis will be the next Florida governor, extending Republican control of the state's highest office to a sixth straight four-year term and proving that a candidacy nearly entirely about President Donald Trump can win the top office in a major state.

Republican Ron DeSantis will win the race to become Florida's 46th governor, CNN projects, defeating Democrat Andrew Gillum to become the state's fourth consecutive GOP chief executive.

DeSantis, who attended Yale University and Harvard Law School, resigned his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in September to focus exclusively on his gubernatorial bid.

Former Democratic President Barack Obama twice captured the Sunshine State's electoral votes before Republican President Donald Trump secured a victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016. He and DeSantis two are ideological opposites, with DeSantis an ardent Trump supporter who vows to implement the president's policies, and Gillum, a progressive who advocates expanding Medicaid and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

DeSantis addressed his supporters at a watch party in Orlando on Tuesday after winning the election.

DeSantis stumbled out of the gate after winning the August 28 primary, telling Fox News that voters shouldn't "monkey this up" by electing Gillum, who was Florida's first black nominee for governor.

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.

But the Democrats were trailing in redder areas of the state. "Will you join us?", DeSantis wrote on Twitter.

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"Just want to say, earlier this hour we showed a graphic of the Florida gubernatorial race".

Trump has dubbed the Republican results in the House and Senate a "success".

While much of focus of the elections on Tuesday was on which party would win control of the U.S. Congress, Republicans and Democrats were battling across the country for state-level power, which could have a major impact on issues such as congressional redistricting and healthcare.

In Colorado, Democrat Jared Polis became the first openly gay man to be elected governor of a USA state.

Accusations of race-baiting have dogged Kemp, 55, and DeSantis, 40.

Gillum received more than 10,200 votes than Nelson, while DeSantis received more than 10,000 votes than Scott.

Andrew Gillum's historic race for Florida governor may not be over. Quick. But there are certain people in certain states that will never vote for a brown person. With 99% reporting, Nelson earned 4,039,498 votes - over 42,000 more votes than Gillum.

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