Words by: Rashad Grove
After a long, hard battle to become the first African American governor in the history of the sunshine state of Florida, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum as gracefully bowed out. Gillum, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Florida, conceded to his Republican adversary, former Rep. Ron DeSantis, on Saturday evening which ended the extended fight that saw the Tallahassee mayor retract his Election Day concession during a statewide recount.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, in a video post, Gillum said, “R. Jai and I wanted to take a moment to congratulate Mr. DeSantis on becoming the next governor of the great state of Florida,” Gillum said in a Facebook video in which he appeared alongside his wife. “This has been the journey of our lives.”
The race was a hotly contested one that became symbolic of the nation’s issues with over race and class in the Trump era.
Those matters became a major focal point during the primary and escalated when DeSantis went on Fox News a day after the primary to extol Florida voters not to “monkey this up” by voting for Gillum.
DeSantis has been keeping a low profile ever since Election Day. He began to put together a gubernatorial transition team all the while there were demands for a recount.