Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum fell short in his bid to become the first-ever African-American governor of Florida.
Although Gillum, a Democrat, lead much of the early vote totals, once ballots in the conservative counties in the Panhandle rolled in, Gillum fell behind and never regained the lead–even after voted from Democratic-heavy Miami-Dade and Broward counties were tabulated.
It was a shocking, disappointing, and emotional loss for Gillum, his wife R. Jai, and the nearly 4 million people who cast ballots for Gillum, who apologized for not being able to “bring it home”–a victory–for his supporters.
“I sincerely regret that I couldn’t bring it home for you”, Gillum said in his concession speech, adding, “but I can guarantee you this: I’m not going anywhere. We’re going to fight.”
“We’re going to fight, we’re going to keep fighting, we’re going to keep working, we’re going to keep believing.”
Both before and after his gubernatorial loss, Gillum was touted as a potential vice presidential pick on the Democratic ticket in 2020.
During his campaign, Gillum garnered the endorsement and support of billionaire businessman George Soros, and a number of high-profile celebrities including Rihanna, Common, DJ Khaled and many others.
As of early Wednesday, Gillum was behind Republican Ron Desantis by about 70,000 votes, or just 1% of the vote total.