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Democrat Andrew Gillum concedes to Republican Ron DeSantis in Florida governor's race

Key Points
  • Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, posted a live video on Facebook on Saturday afternoon in which he congratulated GOP Congressman Ron DeSantis.
  • Gillum had conceded to DeSantis on election night, but retracted it after the margin between the two candidates narrowed.
Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis speaks during a debate in Tampa, Florida, October 21, 2018. 
Chris O'Meara | Pool | Reuters

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum conceded Florida's governor's race on Saturday as a recount of ballots neared its end, and the Democrat congratulated Republican former Congressman Ron DeSantis on becoming the state's next governor.

"This has been the journey of our lives. We've been so honored by the support that we've received," Gillum said in a video statement. "We know that this fight continues, in spite of the outcome of this election."

Gillum posted a live video on Facebook on Saturday afternoon in which he congratulated DeSantis. Gillum had conceded to DeSantis on election night, but retracted it after the margin between the two candidates narrowed. The race went to a legally required recount, but after an initial machine recount DeSantis still led Gillum by more than 30,000 votes.

Gillum isn't saying what he plans to do next.

"Stay tuned," he said in his brief remarks. Nonetheless Gillum says he will remain politically active, adding "the fight for Florida continues."

Gillum's announcement came hours after President Donald Trump said on Twitter that Gillum will be a "strong Democrat warrior" and a "force to reckon with."

--The Associated Press contributed to this article.