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Ron DeSantis elected governor of Florida, defeating Andrew Gillum Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 26, 2021


Ron DeSantis, the former Republican Congressman, was elected governor of Florida on Tuesday, dashing the hopes of Democrat Andrew Gillum, an African-American who would have made history.

The difference between both candidates stood at about 100, 000 votes, even though about 8 million people voted. That represented about 1 point difference.

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Gillum had been projected in several polls as the winner before the election and was poised to become the first African-American to lead Florida as its governor but fell short.

Florida also passed amendment 4, which gave back the right to vote to returning citizens, people who had been convicted of felony. 

At least 60 percent of the vote was needed to pass amendment 4.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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