DeSantis defeated Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in a race plagued by an FBI investigation and various allegations of racism.
"I will protect Florida's future, particularly Florida's economic momentum".
The big victor: You guessed it, the Democrat on the ticket, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who managed to secure a victory.
His victory signals the endurance of Donald Trump's Republican party in the nation's most populous swing state, dealing a punishing blow to liberals who were fired up around a potential rebuke of their state's support of the president nearly exactly two years ago.
Various musicians like rap star and Florida native Rick Ross have rallied behind Gillum.
While it's no surprise that in MSNBC's hypothetical world the Democrat wins every time, polls for Florida's gubernatorial race have been trending in Gillum's direction.
Hans Hasell, another political science professor at Florida State University, said DeSantis's campaign strategy was likely more concerned with trying to get conservative voters to turn up at the polls than it was with trying to get liberal voters to change their minds.
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and his wife R. Jai voted Tuesday morning at a church in the northside of the city. But the left propelled Gillum to victory in the primary.
But to win the general, DeSantis needed to do more than have the support of a polarizing president to win over moderates.
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Mr Gillum would concede the race two hours later. Democrats ran up the score in South Florida and the Tallahassee region, while narrowly eking out an advantage among Orlando-area early voters.
"We could not be prouder of the way that we ran this race".
"He wants a 40 percent tax increase", said DeSantis.
"We understand that a good economy is important, but if your communities are not safe, all of that is for naught".
Essentially, DeSantis' message became that if Gillum succeeded in securing more funding to provide healthcare to more people and give teachers a uniform raise, that would cost many others in the state dearly - both in jobs and taxes.
It was Trump's support, including a July endorsement rally in Tampa, that helped propel DeSantis past a better-funded and more widely known opponent, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, in the August 28 Republican primary. I'm simply saying the racists believe he's a racist, ' he said.
The contest featured racist robo-calls by an Idaho white supremacist group, a televised statement by DeSantis that voters could "monkey this up" - though he denied it was a racist dog whistle, and pushback from Gillum in a televised debate.
"I think the momentum is on our side", said DeSantis. We recognize that you know we didn't win it tonight. DeSantis hammered Gillum's ethics and honesty, questioning whether he has been telling the truth about his role in the ongoing FBI investigation.