Florida election results: Governor and Senate races close after big turnout

All Eyes on Florida's Gubernatorial Race: Will Florida Go Blue?

Meanwhile in Florida, Democrat Andrew Gillum has conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis after a tight race.

Abrams could become the first African-American woman governor.

Democrats scored big victories on Tuesday in governor races in MI and Kansas, U.S. states that voted for Republican President Donald Trump in 2016, while the hotly contested gubernatorial elections in Georgia and Florida remained too close to call.

Heather Miller, of Fort Lauderdale, doesn't remember seeing the U.S. Senate and a U.S. House race on her vote-by-mail ballot.

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"I want to encourage you not to give up", Gillum, the 39-year-old mayor of Tallahassee, told supporters at his election night party, where small groups of people embraced, tears streaming down their faces. The day after Gillum won the Democratic primary, DeSantis said Florida voters shouldn't "monkey this up" by electing Gillum.

In a state where Republicans have controlled the governor's mansion since Jeb Bush was inaugurated in 1999, DeSantis pledged to continue the low-tax, reduced-regulation policies of Gov. Rick Scott, who could not seek re-election because of term limits and on Tuesday night was poised to oust Democratic Sen.

Hill believes her high-profile status put her at odds with supporters of Gillum's opponent, Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump.

After winning the Republican nomination largely on the strength of Trump's endorsement, DeSantis turned to Trump's top 2016 Florida strategist to jump-start his general campaign when it stalled in September. "That race was swung by Donald Trump to DeSantis, who's now behind".

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Former President Barack Obama campaigns for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillium (L), candidate for Florida governor, and Sen. At midday, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner's office didn't report any issues at polling locations.

Fox News projected DeSantis, a former congressman, would win with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

It was Trump's support, including a July endorsement rally in Tampa, that helped propel DeSantis past a better-funded and more widely known opponent, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, in the August 28 Republican primary. Youth votes, which went heavily for Gillum, soared, but not enough to overcome the elderly vote, which was dominated by DeSantis.

While much of focus of the elections on Tuesday was on which party would win control of the U.S. Congress, Republicans and Democrats were battling across the country for state-level power, which could have a major impact on issues such as congressional redistricting and healthcare. DeSantis once aired an ad showing him and his daughter building a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border while his young son wore a "Make America Great Again" onesie. "They've done that", University of Florida political science professor Daniel Smith said in an interview Wednesday.

Thirty-nine percent of Floridians registered to vote did so early, either in person or by mail, according to state election figures. County-level results showed Mucarsel-Powell won enough ballots in Miami-Dade to overcome Curbelo's advantage in the Keys.

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