In races the media favored Democrats winning, Republicans won, presenting a resounding victory to President Trump.
Term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Scott – trailing in most polls since spring – unseated incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. Scott will help expand the Republican’s majority in the U.S. Senate.
Scott won 50.36 percent and 4,045,072 votes compared to Nelson’s 49.64 percent and 3,987,708 votes, according to preliminary results posted late Tuesday.
Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis defeated socialist and Soros-funded Democrat Andrew Gillum winning the governor’s seat.
DeSantis pledged not to raise taxes and expressed commitment to grow Florida’s economy. He will be a Republican holding the governorship in Florida for the 21st straight year.
DeSantis, 39, a three-term Congressman and Navy Iraq War veteran, overcame a perceived “charisma deficit” to defeat Gillum in a race where most pundits and pollsters said he was behind.
DeSantis won 49.87 percent and 4,015,047 million votes to Gillum’s 48.91 percent and 3,937,929 million votes, according to preliminary numbers compiled by the state’s Division of Elections. Navy veteran DeSantis became the sixth straight Republican and 46th governor of Florida.
“As governor, I will make sure Florida remains a low-tax state,” DeSantis vowed in his victory speech. “We will hold people in government accountable and protect taxpayer dollars. Come invest in Florida, please – know we remain open for business and we will save you a lot of money in taxes if you bring your business to Florida.”
President Trump headlined three campaign events for DeSantis drawing thousands of supporters spilling out of stadiums and lining streets for miles.
DeSantis thanked Trump “for standing by me when it wasn’t necessarily the smart thing to do. Mr. President, I look forward to working with you to advance Florida’s priorities. Mr. President, I think you will get tired of me calling you on behalf of Florida.”