Polls showed Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum very close leading up to election day. Gillum held a single-digit lead in all major polls the final week of the campaign.
Gillum came under fire for accepting gifts from a person he believed to be a local developer seeking favors. It turned out being an undercover FBI agent. Text messages and emails showed multiple instances of potential corruption surrounding campaign finances. It appeared he was taking bribes.
This race was one that brought out the stars on both sides. President Trump and many of his proxies came to campaign for DeSantis. President Obama came to campaign for Gillum. Millions of dollars of outside money came in to sway the election, especially from Democrats who saw Gillum as a rising star in the party.
In the final days leading up to the election, Gillum’s hopes were higher. Every poll showed him with a single-digit lead. DeSantis, who President Trump unexpectedly endorsed during the primaries, focused on immigration and the economy throughout the campaign.
DeSantis has been one of my favorite east coast Republicans for a while. Florida did well to elect him.