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EDlection2018: DeSantis Squeezes by Gillum to Win Florida Governor’s Race, Will Work to Expand School Choice and Ensure More Spending Gets to Classrooms

By David Cantor | November 6, 2018

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EDlection2018: This is one of several dozen races we’ve analyzed for the 2018 midterms that could go on to influence state or federal education policy. Get the latest headlines delivered straight to your inbox; sign up for The 74 Newsletter.

Former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis capitalized on an endorsement from President Trump to narrowly defeat Tallahassee’s insurgent Democratic Mayor Andrew Gillum, who conceded Tuesday night with just a point separating the candidates and 99 percent of precincts counted.

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DeSantis trailed other Republican contenders in the state primary until a June tweet by the president saying DeSantis would make a “great governor” vaulted him into the lead.

DeSantis has said he hopes to build on Florida’s expansive school choice programs and ensure that 80 percent of state education funding goes to classrooms.

EDlection2018: This is one of several dozen races we’ve analyzed for the 2018 midterms that could go on to influence state or federal education policy. Get the latest headlines delivered straight to your inbox; sign up for The 74 Newsletter.

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