In the Florida gubernatorial and Senate races, Republicans Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott, respectively, won upsets against their Democratic rivals, Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson. Basically it's a swing state in a relatively Democratic year with a Democratic incumbent - it all looked like a real advantage for Nelson.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump rallied support for DeSantis this past week in Fort Myers and Pensacola, telling voters they had a choice "between greatness and gridlock". The Tallahassee mayor won his primary on a progressive platform but has drifted toward the center in the runup to the general election, posing with establishment figures like Cory Booker (D-NJ) and former President Barack Obama. With all votes counted, Mr Scott had 50.2 per cent of the vote, a lead of 0.4 per cent.
Part of the reason Gillum, who consistently led in polls, lost is that only two weeks before the midterm election, news broke that he had accepted tickets to see the Broadway play Hamilton from an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent posing as a real-estate developer. By comparison, turnout in the Republican stronghold of Collier County was more than 73 percent.
He added that "people are going out and they're voting for something and not against".
"In Florida there is a choice between a Harvard/Yale educated man named @RonDeSantisFL who has been a great Congressman and will be a great Governor - and a Dem who is a thief and who is Mayor of poorly run Tallahassee said to be one of the most corrupt cities in the Country!"
United States residents are waking up to the midterm election results, in what is a big change for U.S. congress. That's on par with the number of voters in the 2008 presidential election.
Democrats have cast more than 2.1 million ballots.
But the Democrats were trailing in redder areas of the state. The two-term governor, who also survived a Democratic-driven recall election in 2012 after ending collective bargaining for public workers, briefly ran for president in 2016. We could not be more thankful for the support that was shown by each and every one of you all the way along this path.
DeSantis and his wife, Casey, appeared before supporters at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando shortly after 11:15 p.m, after receiving a concession call from Gillum.
But Morgan blamed Gillum's proposed tax hike -- Gillum wanted to raise corporate-income taxes by about $1 billion to cover a pay hike for teachers -- for the Democrat's election-night defeat.
"We recognize that, you know, we didn't win it tonight". "But as my grandmother told me - never wrestle with a pig".