Tightening margin in Florida governor's race could trigger automatic recount

All Eyes on Florida's Gubernatorial Race: Will Florida Go Blue?

Gillum would have been Florida's first black governor, and over two-thirds of voters said that it is important to elect more racial and ethnic minorities to public office.

A conservative majority on the Supreme Court is likely to be more deferential to initiatives advanced by DeSantis and the Legislature, where the GOP on Tuesday maintained a solid majority in the House and at least 23 seats in the 40-member Senate.

Not since the late Gov. Lawton Chiles barely held off a challenge from Jeb Bush in 1994 has Florida seen such strong turnout in a non-presidential election.

DeSantis earned the backing of President Donald Trump during the Florida Primaries earlier this year.

In another closely watched statewide race, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Rick Scott were separated by less than 60,000 votes out of a total of more than 8 million as of 1:15 a.m.in their Senate race.

In Kansas, Democrat Laura Kelly defeated Kris Kobach, a staunch Trump ally, where outgoing Republican Governor Sam Brownback suffered from low approval ratings. And while Republicans swept Florida's statewide races, Democrats again crept closer to winning, and may get a boost going forward from a new constitutional amendment that will restore felons' voting rights.

Florida Democrats believed 2018 would be different. If he wins the general election, he'd be the first Black Governor in the state's history.

In Florida, an automatic recount of all votes is triggered when there's a lead of less than one half of a percentage.

Among the first in line Tuesday morning was Greg Freeman, who took a red-eye flight from the West Coast to make sure he could vote in his Miami Beach district on Election Day. Basically it's a swing state in a relatively Democratic year with a Democratic incumbent - it all looked like a real advantage for Nelson.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis meets supporters as they attend a rally at Freedom Pharmacy on Monday in Orlando, Florida.

High profile Democratic heavy hitters including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Vermont Sen.

A supporter of tax cuts and President Donald Trump's Supreme Court choices and a critic of Obamacare, Scott promises to be a reliable vote in support of Trump's agenda. Neither Georgia nor Florida has elected a Democratic governor in 20 years.

Part of the reason Gillum, who consistently led in polls, lost is that only two weeks before the midterm election, news broke that he had accepted tickets to see the Broadway play Hamilton from an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent posing as a real-estate developer. "Now the thing is, will those people register and will they vote".

And he also refused to focus just on Democratic-rich counties in the southeast corner of the state. Democrats now have complete control of state government in Colorado, New York, Illinois, Maine and New Mexico.

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