The hotly contested race in Georgia, where Democrat Stacey Abrams was seeking to become the first black woman to be elected governor of a US state, remained too close to call early on Wednesday. Bill Nelson in a race that could help determine whether the U.S. Senate stays in Republican control.
In Kansas, Democrat Laura Kelly defeated Kris Kobach, a staunch Trump ally, where outgoing Republican Governor Sam Brownback suffered from low approval ratings. He conceded to DeSantis, who has been an outspoken supporter of President Trump, saying he still "believes in the long run, good always wins over evil".
But Griffin insisted on social media that Gillum actually didn't mean to concede, and that he would win in a recount and a runoff election. His candidacy was seen as a boost for the more vulnerable Democratic Sen.
Both campaigns drew national attention. Gillum, 39, is the mayor of Tallahassee, a husband, a father of three, a FAMU grad- and he's vying to be the Democratic candidate in Florida's gubernatorial race.
DeSantis won the GOP nomination as the proud acolyte of Trump and basically nothing else. Gillum supports a ban on assault weapons and wants to repeal Florida's stand your ground law.
The appointments may also have a lasting impact since voters approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday that will allow the new justices, as well as other judges throughout the state, to serve until they are 75 years old, up from the current mandatory retirement age of 70. "Let the chips fall where they may". This race was supposed to be a blueprint for how Democrats could pull left on economics and cultural issues and win in swing states.
DeSantis, who was a little-known congressman from the Jacksonville suburbs a year ago, squeaked past Democrat Andrew Gillum in what quickly became a nasty contest with racial overtones and accusations of corruption. Youth votes, which went heavily for Gillum, soared, but not enough to overcome the elderly vote, which was dominated by DeSantis. In some states, a governor's power to sign or veto congressional maps could decide the partisan balance. Then last week, seeking to give a final shot of energy to voters in deep-red regions of the state, Trump appeared with DeSantis at rallies in Lee County and in Pensacola. And on the eve of the election, Kemp opened an investigation into the Georgia Democratic Party for possibly tampering with the state's voter registration system.
On the morning after, strategists and activists awoke to a crisis of confidence and a humbling acknowledgment that even as Democrats are winning in Wisconsin and Kansas, in Florida Republicans are always about 60,000 votes ahead.
Eight million Floridians cast their ballot in the midterm elections, a much larger turnout than usual.