Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis speaks during a debate in Tampa, Florida, October 21, 2018. 


Chris O’Meara | Pool | Reuters


Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis speaks throughout a debate in Tampa, Florida, October 21, 2018. 




Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum conceded Florida’s governor’s race on Saturday as a recount of ballots neared its finish, and the Democrat congratulated Republican former Congressman Ron DeSantis on turning into the state’s subsequent governor.


“This has been the journey of our lives. We have been so honored by the help that we have acquired,” Gillum mentioned in a video assertion. “We all know that this battle continues, regardless of the end result of this election.”


Gillum posted a dwell video on Fb on Saturday afternoon by which he congratulated DeSantis. Gillum had conceded to DeSantis on election evening, however retracted it after the margin between the 2 candidates narrowed. The race went to a legally required recount, however after an preliminary machine recount DeSantis nonetheless led Gillum by greater than 30,000 votes.


Gillum is not saying what he plans to do subsequent.


“Keep tuned,” he mentioned in his transient remarks. Nonetheless Gillum says he’ll stay politically energetic, including “the battle for Florida continues.”


Gillum’s announcement got here hours after President Donald Trump mentioned on Twitter that Gillum might be a “robust Democrat warrior” and a “power to reckon with.”


–The Related Press contributed to this text.






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