TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCJB) -- Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for Florida Governor conceded the race on Saturday afternoon, November 17, 2018.
Mayor Gillum made his concession in a video on Facebook, standing next to his wife, saying, "R. Jai and I wanted to take a moment to congratulate Mr. DeSantis on becoming the next governor of the great state of Florida.
Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis accepted his concession via Twitter, saying, "This was a hard-fought campaign. Now it’s time to bring Florida together."
This is the second time Mayor Gillum has conceded the Florida Governor's race, the first time was election night, after his poll numbers fell behind DeSantis. He did, however, re-enter the race, once it was clear several races, including the Governor's, was heading for a machine recount. That recount was completed Thursday, November 15, and the Governor's race did not come close enough to mandate a manual recount.