"I always vote, but ever since Trump was elected, it's felt especially important to participate".
"Now, I'm not calling Mr. DeSantis a racist", Gillum said in response.
"On Election Day, it's the voice of the people that roars", DeSantis told supporters at his election party and called it "the one day the elites don't call the shots ... and they don't set the agenda". "We're going to fight; we're going to keep fighting".
The elections office plans to review provisional ballots at 5 p.m. Thursday and have first unofficial results by 1 p.m. Friday. A Palm Beach County official did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Neither Georgia nor Florida has elected a Democratic governor in 20 years.
The race for governor is the state's most visible contest this year.
Freeman had a list of things that mattered to him as he cast a ballot in the gubernatorial race.
In a state where Republicans have controlled the governor's mansion since Jeb Bush was inaugurated in 1999, DeSantis pledged to continue the low-tax, reduced-regulation policies of Gov. Rick Scott, who could not seek re-election because of term limits and on Tuesday night was poised to oust Democratic Sen. DeSantis once aired an ad showing him and his daughter building a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border while his young son wore a "Make America Great Again" onesie.
Tuesday was another election night full of surprise victories and thin margins in Florida.
The difference was almost even between the Republican and Democratic candidates.
DeSantis has denied accusations of racism first when he warned voters not to "monkey this up" and vote for Gillum.
Republicans were eyeing a potential pickup in CT, traditionally a Democratic state, where the contest was too close to call on Wednesday morning.
Some voters said that they don't remember seeing the Senate race on their ballots or that they nearly missed it. A Libertarian candidate received the remaining votes. "But as my grandmother told me - never wrestle with a pig". "I think it's really unusual".
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. Miller chose to vote on Election Day, when she said she could see the races on that ballot. That people are going out and they're voting for something and not against'. "And that's why it stuck out to me".
The stark differences between the two candidates and the negative nature of the race were crystallized in two vitriolic debates. This race was supposed to be a blueprint for how Democrats could pull left on economics and cultural issues and win in swing states.
There is a caveat: The state data released Wednesday morning did not include votes for write-in candidates for U.S. Senate.
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