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Tags: 2018 Midterm Elections | ron desantis | andrew gillum | florida | election | recount

Fla. Gov.-Elect DeSantis: Gillum 'Formidable' But I Had the Votes

incoming florida republican governor ron desantis speaks to reporters outside
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By    |   Monday, 19 November 2018 11:26 AM

Incoming Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday praised his Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum as a "formidable opponent" who helped bring out voters in droves for "kind of a blue wave."

"The Democrats turned out way more voters than they did in 2014, but I think what we did on the Republican side is we made sure we turned out our voters," DeSantis told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "There was kind of a blue wave. We just were able to overcome it."

Gillum initially conceded on election night, but walked it back after vote totals began to tighten during recounts. The Tallahassee mayor officially conceded Saturday to DeSantis.

DeSantis on Monday noted he had a "close race," but it was "definitive" he had beaten Gillum.

"Even with some of the votes that turned up in Broward (County), I mean, my margin was significant enough," DeSantis said. "We knew the machine recount was not going to change it, and it didn't."

He added he also did not doubt GOP Gov. Rick Scott also would win his race for the Senate, as both the manual and machine recounts would show.

"Obviously, we have to address some of the problems with the election administration in places like Broward and Palm Beach County," said DeSantis, and he thinks it is good Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes resigned.

"There was no way as governor that I was going to let her preside over another election down there after all the problems that they had," DeSantis said. "So, we had 65 counties do a good job; we had two that dropped the ball. We want to make sure all 67 counties do these elections in a fair way."

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Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum was a "formidable opponent" who helped bring out voters in droves for "kind of a blue wave," according to Florida Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis on Monday.
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Monday, 19 November 2018 11:26 AM
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