Democrat Andrew Gillum, who had sought to become Florida's first black governor, conceded on Saturday as a recount of ballots neared its end, and he congratulated rival Republican Ron DeSantis, an ally of President Donald Trump.
'This has been the journey of our lives.
Gillum shared the news alongside his wife via a Facebook Live post.
Gillum initially conceded the Governor's race on election night last Tuesday, but retracted the concession after it became apparent that there would be a recount.
The race had gone to a recount, with results due by a Sunday deadline, as has a narrow Senate race between outgoing governor Rick Scott and incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson.
Gillum, who serves as the mayor of Tallahassee, offered a message of hope beyond the results of the race. Of his future plans, Gillum said: "stay tuned". The corruption allegation stemmed from a continuing FBI investigation into City Hall that Gillum has said he is not a target of and is cooperating with; the charge that Tallahassee had the state's highest crime rate was false. He will be a strong Democrat warrior long into the future - a force to reckon with!
DeSantis said on Twitter, 'This was a hard-fought campaign. "We are now closing out the hand recount phase in two of the statewide races".
Florida's high-profile race for governor was close as well, but not enough to trigger a hand recount. The race went to a legally required recount, but after an initial machine recount, DeSantis still led Gillum by more than 30,000 votes. Snipes did insist that the ballots were still in the elections building. More than 8 million voters cast ballots in the race. Once that recount was complete, if the differences in any of the races are 0.25 percentage points or less, a hand recount is ordered. The totals for Nelson and Scott have changed slightly, but not significantly.
On Saturday, the top elections official in Broward County acknowledged publicly that her office had misplaced more than 2,000 ballots.