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Democrat Gillum ends campaign for governor, congratulates DeSantis

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Andrew
Gillum the Democrat candidate for governor speaks at a news
conference on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Tallahassee,
Fla.

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Cannon


  • Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded the Florida governor’s race
    and congratulated his Republican opponent, Ron DeSantis.
  • Gillum initially conceded on election night, but retracted it
    after the vote margin narrowed.
  • After a recount, DeSantis still led the race by more than
    30,000 votes.

Democrat Andrew Gillum says he is ending his hard-fought race for
Florida governor and has congratulated Republican Ron DeSantis.

Gillum posted a live video on Facebook on Saturday afternoon in
which he congratulated DeSantis. Gillum had conceded to DeSantis
on election night, but retracted it after the margin between the
two candidates narrowed. The race went to a legally required
recount, but after an initial machine recount DeSantis still led
Gillum by more than 30,000 votes.

Gillum, who is Tallahassee’s mayor, isn’t saying what he plans to
do next.

“Stay tuned,” he said in his brief remarks. Nonetheless, Gillum
says he will remain politically active, adding “the fight for
Florida continues.”

He also tweeted a thank-you to his supporters and said he intends
to “keep fighting.”

Gillum’s announcement came hours after President Donald Trump
said on Twitter that Gillum will be a “strong Democrat warrior”
and a “force to reckon with.”

There was no immediate response from DeSantis or his campaign.

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