“I’m Not Going Anywhere,” Gillum Says The Fight Is Still On After Conceding To Ron DeSantis
By: Eboni Walker
With 99% votes in, Andrew Gillum conceded to Ron DeSantis in the race for Florida Governor.
This outcome not only a great victory to DeSantis but a great victory for President Trump as well and continues to extend the Republican Party’s dominance in America.
Republicans have now won every election for governor since 1998.
At approximately 11 p.m. is when Gillum conceded the race. He immediately addressed his supporters in the Tallahassee community. “We could not be prouder of the way we ran this race. We recognize that we didn’t win this tonight.”
During his speech he Gillum took a heartfelt pause, and with tears in his eyes, he apologized for his lost.
“I sincerely regret that I couldn’t bring it home for you,” he said. But, “Are we going to wake up and bask in sorrow and defeat? Or are we going to get up and reassert ourselves at the mission at hand?”
He continued, “I can guarantee you this. I’m not going anywhere. We’re going to fight. We’re going keep fighting. We’re going to keep working. We’re going to keep believing. And by all this — I believe we will ultimately be victorious. I want to encourage you not to give up. I want to encourage you to stick to the fight. I want you to know, that every step of the way — even though I won’t have the blessing of serving as the next Governor of the State of Florida — I still plan on being on the front line, right side along every single one of you when it comes to standing up for what we believe in.”
Gillum’s crowd listened in sadness as they exchanged hugs, prayed and filmed the speech. The supporters stood in the rain for the majority of the night waiting for the results.
Gillum’s wife stood by his side and wiped away tears as he gave his powerful speech.
New York Times noted that Democrats “pinned” their hop on Gillum.
He ran one of the most skillful and powerful races Democrats have seen in years.
Gillum’s win would have casted him as the first African American governor for Florida.
Gillum came very close to succeeding, receiving more than one million votes, which is more than Rick Scott accomplished in 2014. Yet Gillum fell short when it came to the state’s primary demographics, “older white voters who lean conservative vote at far right higher rates than do millennial and minority voters.”
Gillum told his supporters at Florida A&M University that he called Ron DeSantis and congratulated him on his win as governor.
“Despite our congratulating him on his victory this evening, not that we believe in is compromised. I still believe we should pay teachers what they are worth. I still believe that. I still believe we should clean up our environment, our beaches, our air, our water quality, our shores. I still believe we should have the kind of economy where people only have to work one job and not two or three jobs to make ends meet. I extremely excited that this evening Florida voters decide to pass amendment four. That is just one step closer to getting us where we need to be as a state.”
He continued: “We still have to be willing to show up every single day and demand our seat at the table. Inside the election and outside of the election. We may not have shown up in the way we thought that we would. But I believe there are more of us who believe it what is good, what is decent, what is right — and I believe in the long run, good always wins out over evil.”
By: Eboni Walker | Web: www.ebonimwalker.com | Instagram: EboniMWA | Twitter: EboniMWalker
Source: New York Times