Democrats scored big victories on Tuesday in governor races in MI and Kansas, U.S. states that voted for Republican President Donald Trump in 2016, while the hotly contested gubernatorial elections in Georgia and Florida remained too close to call.
Former Democratic President Barack Obama twice captured the Sunshine State's electoral votes before Republican President Donald Trump secured a victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016. The two-term governor, who also survived a Democratic-driven recall election in 2012 after ending collective bargaining for public workers, briefly ran for president in 2016.
But Republican Mike DeWine defeated Democrat Richard Cordray in OH, one of the highest-profile governor's races, according to an NBC News projection. "I think it's redder than blue", Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan, a political rainmaker who frequently backs Democratic candidates and who toyed with the notion of running for governor this year, told The News Service of Florida on Wednesday.
Gillum had pulled off an upset in the Democratic primary, winning the nomination after consistently polling in third for most of that race, but he was unable to carry that same momentum into the general election. NBC News puts the current vote count at 99% reporting with DeSantis 4,052,246, Gillum 3,996,906 - a difference of 55,340 votes out of over 8 million.More news: Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: We Need to Confront Trump's Creeping Authoritarianism
In a race too close to call, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is up by the slimmest of margins against Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum (D). All told, Democrats had flipped at least seven Republican-held governorships without suffering any losses as of early Wednesday morning.
"We could not be more thankful for the support that was shown by each and every one of you all the way along this path".
The president injected himself into the race in December when, while taxiing on Air Force One on the runway at Palm Beach International Airport, he tweeted that DeSantis "would make a GREAT Governor of Florida".
In Colorado, Democrat Jared Polis became the first openly gay man to be elected governor of a US state.More news: Avicii Wins MTV EMA for Best Swedish Act
Trump has dubbed the Republican results in the House and Senate a "success".
Scott's win also gives Florida two Republican senators for the first time in more than a century, since the post-Civil War Reconstruction era. Quick. But there are certain people in certain states that will never vote for a brown person.
The Miami Herald reported that he won Florida by about 56,000 votes. In the largest counties, that could affect the differences by as many as 2,000 total votes.More news: Supreme Court ends legal fight over Obama-era net neutrality rules