Gillum conceded victory to DeSantis Tuesday night after narrowly trailing behind. "Our campaign, along with our attorney Barry Richard, is monitoring the situation closely and is ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount".
Due to a combination of racism, Andrew Gillum's alleged involvement in an FBI investigation, the obvious suppression of 1.4 million formerly incarcerated people's votes, and a few other factors, Florida's major statewide races this year were remarkably close. President Donald Trump fired up Florida's conservative base and pushed DeSantis to victory in the primary.
"We have no idea right now how many votes still have to be counted", he told CNN.
"We'll worry about history later but today, we're working to win".
In yet another misfire at the most steadily misfiring of networks, MSNBC accidentally aired the results of Florida's gubernatorial a race, as Deadline put it, "a wee bit too early" - the night before the election. "Maybe next, he'll start ranting that Russians stole the election from him".
As the state prepares for the change in command, we're taking a look at the state's governor-elect, his journey to Tallahassee, and his Bay Area roots.
Tuesday's results could help Trump when he seeks re-election in 2020, with DeSantis and Scott in a better position to use their offices to sway opinions if they maintain support with Florida voters. With 99% of the vote tallied, MSNBC imagined that Gillum had secured 49.4% of the vote over Republican Ron DeSantis's 48.8%.
"It is sad and embarrassing that Bill Nelson would resort to these low tactics after the voters have clearly spoken", said a statement from the Scott campaign Wednesday.
All eyes were on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum on Thursday, as vote margins in Florida's close contests for governor and Senate tightened. That people are going out and they're voting for something and not against'.
Many Georgia voters from both parties on Tuesday said racial politics was not a deciding factor in this election.
Many Democrats believed that the 39-year-old Gillum, the father of three young children, injected a degree of enthusiasm lacking for their party's candidates over the past several elections.
This is a margin that could trigger a mandatory recount if it doesn't widen.
"It's important every voter who cast a ballot has it counted and counted accurately", Elias said.
The recount decision would come this weekend after canvassing boards in Florida's 67 counties certify returns. Provisional ballots are given to voters who don't have proper ID or whose names don't show up on the rolls at the precinct.
Unlike courting pre-election votes, campaign staff must now encourage those who have already voted - specifically those with previsional ballots - to go to their county's election supervisor and cure the issues that could have jeopardized their vote.
In Florida, DeSantis was criticized for using coded racist language when he said Gillum would "monkey the state up" in an interview.