Kathy Griffin, Left-Leaning Journalists Insist Gillum Can Still Win Despite Concession
Nov 08 2018
Only 39 and poised to become Florida's first black governor, he had Democratic leaders believing he would excite their voter base, boost voter turnout and help Nelson and down-ballot candidates win their own races.
In Colorado, Democrat Jared Polis was set to become the first openly gay man to be elected governor of a US state, after NBC News projected him to win against Republican Walker Stapleton. "Florida was just being Florida".
Hill suspects a DeSantis supporter seized upon her much-viewed Tweet and reported her to Florida election officials, who struck her from the rolls. "This shows the new wave of Republican leadership in our country".
Florida Democrats believed 2018 would be different.
Republicans, meanwhile, were eyeing a potential pickup in CT, traditionally a Democratic state, though Oregon Governor Kate Brown appeared set to prevail in what had been seen as a competitive race.
Florida's election was largely a referendum on Trump.
"That race was swung by Donald Trump to DeSantis, who's now behind". And while Democrats despise the president, Republicans love him. He says DeSantis is "picking up where RickScott left off".
It may have made the difference, and now DeSantis will be in a position to return the favor.
Gillum paused to speak with reporters after casting his vote from himself in Florida's closely watched gubernatorial race. DeSantis loudly objected to suggestions he was in cahoots with far-right figures or that his ties, unwitting he said, to white supremacists should be held against him. "I'm concerned about my community - that's why I vote".
"They turned out vote very, very well. We may not have all shown up", he added. We've got to move on. "It's more execution than it is a grand strategy". The presence of a third-party candidate on the ballot makes that possibility more likely. Scott has declared victory, but Nelson has yet to concede. He also said he intends to stay involved in Florida politics.
During his five years as a member of Congress, DeSantis sponsored 40 bills, including one to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and he was a member of the Freedom Caucus alongside some of the House's most conservative Republicans. MA and CT will also send black women to Congress as firsts for their states.
"How is it that Montana and Kansas can elect a Democratic governor but purple state Florida can't?" he said. "We stood up we stood strong we spoke out because we recognize that we had power".
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. That could potentially add 1.4 million people to the voter rolls. "Now the thing is, will those people register and will they vote".