Gillum officially concedes in Florida gubernatorial race

Source: The Hill | November 17, 2018 | Tal Axelrod

Democrat Andrew Gillum officially conceded to Republican former Rep. Ron DeSantis in Florida’s gubernatorial race as a recount of votes showed a margin Gillum was unlikely to close.

“Now that we are rounding that process out, R, Jai and I wanted to take a moment to congratulate Mr. DeSantis on becoming the next governor of the next state of Florida,” Gillum said alongside his wife.

“We also want you to know that even though this election may be beyond us, that although nobody wanted to be governor more than me, this wasn’t just about an election cycle. This was about creating the kind of change in this state that really allows for the voices of everyday people to show up again in our government and in our state and in our communities. We know that this fight continues,” he added.

Gillum had initially conceded to DeSantis last week, but revoked that statement after further vote counts showed DeSantis’ lead narrowing. The Tallahassee mayor thanked all of his supporters for their work and vowed to continue to advocate for causes he championed.


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