On Sunday, Florida Republican governor Rick Scott won against Democrat Bill Nelson in a hotly contested Senate election, which ended with a hand-counted vote.
According to final results released by the Florida electoral authorities, Scott won 50.05 percent of the vote, a little over 10,000 votes in favor of the outgoing senator.
“Congratulations to Rick for a courageous and successful campaign!” tweeted President Donald Trump, who had been actively campaigning in Florida, the state he won in the 2016 presidential election.
“Since the first day, Rick has never faltered. He has been a great governor and will be an even bigger senator as the representative of the people of Florida,” added the President.
If the Republicans were already assured of retaining control of the upper house of Congress, this victory in this great southern state offers them a more comfortable majority.
Bill Nelson, who has been a Sunshine State senator since 2001, admitted defeat on Sunday early in the afternoon.
“I just spoke to Senator Bill Neslon, who conceded defeat with elegance,” Rick Scott said in a statement.
Scott, who served as Republican Governor of Florida for eight years, called for unity.
“We have to do what Americans have always done: to bring us together for the good of our state and our country,” he said on his Facebook page.
“My goal will not be to look back, but to do exactly what I campaigned on: Make Washington work,” he said.
In the same state of Florida, the Democratic candidate for governor, Andrew Gillum, also admitted his defeat on Saturday against Republican Ron DeSantis.
These announcements put an end to an electoral imbroglio that recalled the crucial role played by Florida to separate George W. Bush and Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election.
The process was finally decided by the US Supreme Court. Republican Bush defeated the Democrat in Florida by 537 votes and won the presidential election.
Debbie Lopez is a general assignment reporter at Seed Of Truth. She has covered sports, entertainment and many other beats in his journalism career, and has lived in City Houston for more than 8 years. Debbie has appeared periodically on national television shows and has been published in (among others) The National Post, Politico, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Wired.com, Vice and Salon.com.