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Florida midterm elections result: Trump hails VICTORY as Governor Ron DeSantis wins

Florida midterm elections result: Trump hails VICTORY as Governor Ron DeSantis wins

Meanwhile in Florida, Democrat Andrew Gillum has conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis after a tight race.

Yet on the night, both contests were won by Republicans - Republicans who had allied themselves closely to President Trump.

During his victory speech, DeSantis also acknowledged Trump's role in the campaign. He says DeSantis is "picking up where Rick Scott left off".

During the campaign, Gillum repeatedly launched accusations of racism against DeSantis, which DeSantis firmly denied. The race was the third office he's sought in two years: his re-election, Senate and governor.

The outcome of elections for state positions could also affect future control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Republican candidate for Florida governor Ron DeSantis speaks during an event put on by the Police Benevolent Association in Palm Beach County, on October 3, 2018.

DeSantis has represented northeast Florida in Congress since 2012. "Obviously, we do not yet have any vote totals here, the night before the election".

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As governor, DeSantis has said he aims to stop illegal immigration, sign anti-abortion legislation into law, accelerate small business growth, restore the Everglades and improve classroom spending in order to retain and recruit teachers, among other things.

One tweet said: "Those that worked with me in this incredible Midterm Election, embracing certain policies and principles, did very well". "I always vote, but ever since Trump was elected, it's felt especially important to participate".

"We didn't shrink from the challenges, we didn't shrink from power", Gillum added, according to We can't have that.

Freeman voted for Gillum.

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. Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania - where Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf easily won re-election on Tuesday - are typically Democratic states that swung to Trump in 2016, handing him the presidency. Neither Georgia nor Florida has elected a Democratic governor in 20 years. The same day DeSantis is sworn in, three justices who have been viewed as liberal will retire.

The race for governor is the state's most visible contest this year. Hill, who owns a home in Florida and is registered to vote there, flew back to the state from California on October 21 in order to vote for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum in the 2018 midterm elections, as she revealed on social media.