By: Associated Press
November 6, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's gubernatorial candidates hit the polls Tuesday to cast their votes in the 2018 midterm election.
Republican former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey voted early Tuesday morning in Ponte Vedra Beach.
A small crowd of supporters chanted, "We want Ron!" He shook hands and thanked supporters before he and his wife, holding their children Madison and Mason, went into the polling place.
DeSantis faces challenger Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum to replace Gov. Rick Scott, who is running against Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in a race that could help determine whether the U.S. Senate stays in Republican control.
Gillum and his wife R. Jai voted Tuesday morning at a church on the north side of Tallahassee. As he left the polling place, a crowd gathered outside chanting, "Bring it home!"
"I tried to look over to see what she was doing," Gillum said of his wife while holding their 1-year-old son Davis.
"I voted for you," she replied.
Gillum talked about how he tried to keep his campaign positive despite attacks from DeSantis and President Donald Trump.
He said that winning "will send a message to Mr. Trump, and Mr. DeSantis as well, that the politics of hatred of division and separation, that they've come to an end. At least in this election."
He added that "people are going out and they're voting for something and not against. And by voting for something we're returning to the politics of decency and what's right and what's common between all of us."