Election Day 2018: What DeSantis' win over Gillum in Florida governor's race means for state

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What You Need to Know: Ron DeSantis

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Republican Ron DeSantis is Florida's new governor-elect, capturing 55,000 more votes than Democrat Andrew Gillum.

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President Donald Trump chimed in on Twitter Wednesday morning to congratulate DeSantis on his win.

In a speech Tuesday night, DeSantis thanked all of his supporters for their dedication and effort during the campaign.

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In the position, DeSantis will be able to appoint three members to the Florida Supreme Court. He also will have a hand in congressional redistricting after the 2020 Census, which will have impacts on the state’s congressional races going forward.

His win also makes Jeanette Nunez only the third female lieutenant governor in Florida history.

In a concession speech, Andrew Gillum attributed his loss to low voter turnout among Democrats.

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He said he called to congratulate DeSantis, but added that a congratulatory call is in no way an endorsement of his opponent's policies.

"We still have to be willing to show up every single day and demand our seat at the table. We've got to be willing, inside of elections and outside of elections, to say that our voices still matter. That we still have relevance," Gillum said.

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