Andrew Gillum lost.
Bill Nelson lost.
Joe Donnelly lost.
Richard Cordray lost.
Stacey Abrams lost.
All of the candidates in competitive races endorsed by former President Barack Obama were losers on Tuesday.
On Gillum, Fox News reports:
Republican Ron DeSantis will defeat Democrat Andrew Gillum in the battle to be Florida’s next governor, Fox News projects.
DeSantis, 40, an Iraq War veteran, decorated military lawyer and former Florida congressman, defeated the Tallahassee mayor by a razor thin margin Tuesday night, with the two candidates neck and neck in the heated contest for the majority of the evening.
Nelson’s loss was closer, but Obama still was unable to close the deal.
Via the Tampa Bay Times:
Just 34,435 votes separated Gov. Scott and Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson on Wednesday morning, a difference of .42 percentage points.
That’s within the margin that could launch a recount. But it’s not automatic.
Joe Donnelly was blown out by Mike Braun in Indiana.
Republican Mike Braun defeated Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly on Tuesday in Indiana, flipping a key Senate seat coveted by the GOP for six years.
Braun had 54 percent of the vote to Donnelly’s 42 percent when three networks called the race with about half of all precincts reporting.
ABC 5 reports Mike DeWin beat Cordray 51 percent to 46 percent.
Stacey Abrams is refusing to concede the election, despite her opponent, Brian Kemp, exceeding the critical 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff.
Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams is not conceding the Georgia governor’s race to Republican candidate Brian Kemp, arguing that the high stakes contest is too close to call.
CNN has not projected a winner in the Georgia governor’s race, but Kemp is ahead in votes with 99% of precincts reporting.”I’m here tonight to tell you votes remain to be counted. There’s voices that are waiting to be heard,” Abrams told supporters early Wednesday morning gathered in Atlanta.
In a statement provided to CNN, her campaign cited several specific reasons why she is not conceding, including that three of the state’s largest counties “have reported only a portion of the votes that were submitted by early mail” and four other large counties “have reported exactly 0 votes by mail,” according to the campaign. Together, it said, the seven counties “are expected to return a minimum of 77,000 ballots.”
Obama took norm-breaking step of campaigning in midterm against his successor. Visited Indiana, Georgia, Florida in recent days. Didn’t go well. Indiana and Florida flipped Senate seats from Dem to GOP. Democrat Abrams lost governor race in GA.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) 7 November 2018