Gillum congratulates DeSantis on winning governor's race

Florida's gubernatorial candidates: (Left) Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis and (Right) Democratic...
Florida's gubernatorial candidates: (Left) Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis and (Right) Democratic Rep. Andrew Gillum., Photo Date: 10/21/2018 / Photo: CNN / YouTube / (MGN)(WCJB)
Published: Nov. 17, 2018 at 8:07 PM EST
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By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News

November 17, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum took to Facebook Saturday evening to congratulate Ron DeSantis on winning the race for Florida governor.

The Facebook live video comes as the state’s two mandated manual recounts wind down.

“Now that we are rounding that process out R Jai and I wanted to take a moment to congratulate Mr. DeSantis on becoming the next governor of the great state of Florida,” said Gillum. “We said that we would fight until the last vote was counted. Obviously we are now closing out the hand recount phase in two of the statewide races.”

Gillum also ensured voters that he is not going anywhere. And, that he will continue to fight for the issues he campaigned on.

“This was not just about an election cycle. This was about creating the kind of change in this state that really allows for the voices of everyday people to show up again in our government and in our state and in our communities. We know that this fight continues in spite of the outcome of this election. R Jai and I are committing ourselves alongside each and every one of you,” he said.

Gillum said in the coming weeks they hope to continue working to bring the Florida election system into the 21st century.