November 7, 2018 / 4:16 AM / a year ago

Republican DeSantis elected Florida governor

Supporters of U.S. Senate candidate Rick Scott react to news of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis winning his election at Scott's midterm election night party in Naples, Florida, U.S. November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Ron DeSantis won the Florida governor’s race on Tuesday, bolstered by the strong support of fellow Republican President Donald Trump.

DeSantis, 40, a conservative former congressman, defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum, 39, the staunchly liberal mayor of state capital Tallahassee who was seeking to become Florida’s first black governor and who conceded the race.

Florida is the most populous of the battleground states that swing between the parties in presidential elections, but Republicans have controlled the governor’s mansion for two decades.

Reporting by Letitia Stein in Tallahassee; Editing by Frances Kerry and Jonathan Oatis

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