African-American Hopefuls Fall Short in Georgia, Florida Governor Races

Results were disappointing for two Democratic candidates who vied to become the first African-American state governors of Florida and Georgia, after closely contested campaigns where race and identity politics were highly divisive issues.

In Florida, Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee, conceded the race to his Republican rival Ron DeSantis, but he vowed to remain politically active.

“I want you to know that in spite of our congratulating him on his victory this evening, nothing that we believe in is compromised,” Gillum told his supporters Tuesday evening.

Florida Governor-elect Ron DeSantis, right, answers questions from reporters, with his wife Casey, after being declared the winner of the Florida gubernatorial race at an election party in Orlando,…

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