Democrat Andrew Gillum has officially ended his bid for Florida governor, conceding to former Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) in a Saturday Facebook video. The progressive Tallahassee mayor was expected to be the state's first black governor, seeing as he consistently polled ahead of the President Trump-backing DeSantis. Election Day results were far tighter, and Gillum actually conceded that night. But after reports showed that votes in some Democratic strongholds had not yet been counted, Gillum retracted his concession, and a recount ensued. Gillum reflected the protracted ballot-counting process in his concession video, calling for updates to Florida's voting system. Gillum's concession comes after Trump tweeted congratulations to the Democrat for "running a tough race" Saturday morning. Florida's Senate race is still undergoing a manual recount.
need to know now