For the second time in as many weeks, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has conceded the race to Republican Ron DeSantis. Gillum announced his concession in a video posted on his campaigns Facebook page.
Gillum posted the video just before 5 p.m. Saturday.
“I want to take a moment to congratulate Mr. DeSantis on becoming the next governor of the great state of Florida,” Gillum said in a video with his wife, R. Jai, by his side. “This has been the journey of our lives.”
Gillum originally conceded to DeSantis on election night, but that was before the state ordered machine recounts a week ago in three statewide races, including the governor’s contest, because the vote margins in all three contests fell below 0.5 percent which triggered an automatic recount under state law.
Shortly after the machine recounts were ordered, Gillum announced he was withdrawing his concession. However, after the results of the machine recounts were released on Thursday, the vote margin in the governor’s race failed to fall within the 0.25 requirement, which would have triggered a more detailed hand recount.
Gillum also posted a concession message on his Twitter page.
“I want to congratulate @RonDeSantisFL on becoming the next Governor of the great state of Florida,” Gillum tweeted. “My wife R. Jai and I could not be prouder of the way we ran this race. We could not be more thankful to my running mate, @ChrisKingFL and his wife Kristen.
I want to congratulate @RonDeSantisFL on becoming the next Governor of the great state of Florida. My wife R. Jai and I could not be prouder of the way we ran this race. We could not be more thankful to my running mate, @ChrisKingFL and his wife Kristen.
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) November 17, 2018
In his Facebook message, Gillum said his campaign was about more than politics.
“This was about creating the kind of change in this state that really allows for the voices of everyday people to show up again in our government and our state and our communities,” he said. “We know that this fight continues in spite of the outcome of this election, R.J. and I are committing ourselves alongside each and every one of you.”
In response to Gillum’s concession, DeSantis tweeted: “This was a hard-fought campaign. Now it’s time to bring Florida together.”
This was a hard-fought campaign. Now it’s time to bring Florida together. https://t.co/I1hB0vd3kb
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) November 17, 2018