The Florida and Georgia governor races that pitted black Democratic candidates against white Trump-supported Republicans seem to have gone to Republicans. In Florida, Dem. Andrew Gillum was dogged by an investigation into accepting campaign gifts while his opponent fought off accusations that he aligned with white supremacists. In Georgia, Kemp had been criticized for his role as the state’s top election official directing an effort to have predominantly black votes thrown off the rolls.
- Was Kemp able to use his role as Sec. of State to swing the vote for himself?
- Did Andrew Gillum in Florida knowingly break campaign donation rules?
- Do Republican voters under-report in pre-election polling?
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) – Democrats won governorships on Tuesday in several U.S. states that supported Republican President Donald Trump in 2016 but lost high-profile races in Florida and Ohio, as voters cast ballots in dozens of gubernatorial contests across the country.
The hotly contested race in Georgia, where Democrat Stacey Abrams was seeking to become the first black woman to be elected governor of a U.S. state, remained too close to call early on Wednesday.
In Florida, Democrat Andrew Gillum lost his attempt to become the state’s first black governor, suffering a narrow defeat to Republican Ron DeSantis in a racially charged contest that drew national attention.
“I still plan to be on the front lines alongside every one of you when it comes to standing up and fighting for what we believe in,” Gillum, the 39-year-old mayor of Tallahassee, told supporters at his election night party, where small groups of people embraced, tears streaming down their faces.
Republicans also scored a major victory in Ohio’s governor race, where Mike DeWine, the state attorney general, defeated Democrat Richard Cordray, who served as the first director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.