Andrew Demese Gillum, the 39-year-old Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, and Democratic nominee for Governor of Florida in the 2018 election has conceded to Republican U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis in the general election.
Gillum has yielded two days after a machine recount ended.
The machine recount had DeSantis still leading by over 3,000 votes.
The Tallahassee mayor congratulated DeSantis on becoming the next governor.
In a Facebook video, Gillum didn’t say what his next plans are but told his supporters to stay tuned.
In the meantime, DeSantis responded to Gillum’s concession with a call for unity.
“This was a hard-fought campaign,” he wrote on Twitter. “Now it’s time to bring Florida together.”
Trump in the meanwhile, in a tweet, congratulated Gillum — Congratulations to Andrew Gillum on having run a really tough and competitive race for Governor of the Great State of Florida. He will be a strong Democrat warrior long into the future – a force to reckon with!
This is a complete reversal from his previous criticism of the Florida Democrat, who he called a “thief” last month.
At the same time, the president also tweeted about Democrat Stacey Abrams, who ended her campaign for Georgia governor.
Stacey Abrams fought brilliantly and hard — she will have a terrific political future!” Trump tweeted while lauding her GOP opponent, Gov-elect Brian Kemp, for being “unrelenting in the race”.
Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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