As Florida recount wraps up, Democrat Gillum concedes

DeSantis thanks Trump in victory speech

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum took to Facebook Saturday evening to congratulate Ron DeSantis. "This has been the journey of our lives".

"Nobody wanted to be governor more than me, but this was not just about an election cycle", Gillum said in the video posted Saturday. "We know that this fight continues, in spite of the outcome of this election".

The race went to a legally required recount, but after an initial machine recount DeSantis still led Gillum by more than 30,000 votes.

DeSantis said on Twitter, "This was a hard-fought campaign".

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Gillum's concession came hours before Florida's counties must turn in their official results at noon Sunday after tense days of recounting ballots in both the gubernatorial and a U.S. Senate contest - two nationally watched midterm elections that have keep the presidential swing state on edge since Election Day.

Florida produced some of the closest results in the US mid-term elections, which were held on the 6th of November.

Mr DeSantis - a staunch supporter of US President Donald Trump and his policies - replied to the tweets, saying it was now "time to bring Florida together".

In a statement from his campaign late Saturday, Gillum recalled how he had vowed earlier to "fight until the last vote is counted".

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A recount is continuing in the race between Nelson and his challenger for the Senate seat, outgoing Republican Governor Rick Scott.

The Facebook live video comes as the state's two mandated manual recounts wind down.

In a tweet Friday night, Trump said Democrat Stacey Abrams, who ran for governor of Georgia, "fought brilliantly and hard - she will have a terrific political future!"

That narrow margin triggered a hand recount of problematic ballots, such as those where a voter filled in bubbles next to the names of Nelson and Scott.

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Nelson and Democrats filed several lawsuits following the close election, challenging everything from the state's signature mismatch law to deadlines for mail-in ballots.

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