As Florida recount wraps up, Democrat Andrew Gillum concedes

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is separated by fewer than 13,000 votes from Scott

JOHN RAOUX APDemocratic Senator Bill Nelson is separated by fewer than 13,000 votes from Scott

Former U.S. President Barack Obama (C) campaigns for Democrats, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (R) and and Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum (L) in Miami, Florida, U.S. November 2, 2018.

Democrat Andrew Gillum announced Saturday he was conceding his hard-fought race for Florida governor to his Republican rival, Ron DeSantis, vowing to keep fighting until he wins an election.

Mr. Trump earlier Saturday congratulated DeSantis on his victory, and called Gillum a "strong Democrat warrior long into the future - a force to reckon with!"

He then adds that process has been gone its course and he wishes to congratulate DeSantis "on becoming the governor of the great state of Florida".

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"This has been the journey of our lives".

The machine recount that was launched this week showed that Gillum faced an insurmountable deficit against DeSantis, increasing the pressure on the Democrat to concede, according to The Tallahassee Democrat. This was about creating the type of change in this state that really allows for the voices of everyday people to show up again in our government, in our state, and in our communities. We know that this fight continues in spite of the outcome of this election.

Gillum had conceded on Election Night to DeSantis when it appeared the Republican former congressman had won by a narrow, if insurmountable, margin. Ultimately, Gillum trailed DeSantis by more than 30,000 votes.

Broward County has historically been a Democratic stronghold, but the machine recount on Thursday had Scott leading Nelson by about 12,600 votes for one of the state's U.S. Senate seats.

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Mr Trump had also said there was "a lot of dishonesty" over contested votes.

The race was one of the most closely watched in the country.

At least 44 out of 67 counties have finished their hand recount in the Senate race.

Counties have until noon on Sunday to report official results to the Department of State. "We need to update Florida's election system and bring it into the 21st century", Gillum said.

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DeSantis ran as a political outsider despite serving three terms in Congress and running for the U.S. Senate in 2016 before dropping out of the race when Republican Sen. Bill Nelson was only gaining a few hundred votes in his bitter contest with outgoing Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican. Many counties were spending Saturday doing a hand recount in another statewide race. Snipes did insist that the ballots were still in the elections building.

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