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Democrat Andrew Gillum concedes Florida governor's race for the second time

Democrat Andrew Gillum concedes the Florida governor's race for the second time. (Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded the contentious Florida gubernatorial battle Saturday — for the second time in less than two weeks — to Republican challenger Ron DeSantis.

What did Gillum say?

In a Facebook Live video with his wife, Gillum announced his concession and congratulated DeSantis on his victory.

"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 the video. "This has been the journey of our lives."

Gillum, who serves as the mayor of Tallahassee, offered a message of hope beyond the results of the race.

"This was about creating the kind of change in this state that really allows for the voices of everyday people to show up again in our government and our state and our communities," he said. "We know that this fight continues in spite of the outcome of this election, R. Jai and I are committing ourselves alongside each and every one of you."

Gillum initially conceded on election night, but later withdrew his concession after the margin between him and DeSantis narrowed during a recount. Ultimately, Gillum trailed DeSantis by more than 30,000 votes.

How did DeSantis respond?

He tweeted a message of solidarity:

One last thing…
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