Abrams could become the first African-American woman governor.
Gillum portrayed DeSantis as racially divisive, repeatedly pointing out his "monkey this up" comment and noting that a major DeSantis contributor called former President Barack Obama the N-word on Twitter and DeSantis refused to return his money.
In a state where Republicans have controlled the governor's mansion since Jeb Bush was inaugurated in 1999, DeSantis pledged to continue the low-tax, reduced-regulation policies of Gov. Rick Scott, who could not seek re-election because of term limits and on Tuesday night was poised to oust Democratic Sen.
In addition to Wisconsin, Democrats also won governor races in three other states - Michigan, Pennsylvania and Kansas - that supported Trump in 2016, bolstering the party's hopes of capturing those states in the 2020 presidential election.
In recent days, developers Don Peebles and Jeff Greene each gave $100,000 to Forward Florida, a political action committee supporting Gillum.
While voters showed up at the polls or returned ballots in near-record numbers for a midterm election, turnout in Democrat-rich South Florida -- roughly 57 percent in Broward and Miami-Dade counties -- lagged behind the statewide turnout rate of 62 percent.
The Tallahassee mayor conceded the race to Republican Ron DeSantis in a televised concession speech around 11 p.m. ET on election night.
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"We could not be more thankful for the support that was shown by each and every one of you all the way along this path".
"So is it a red state?"
Accusations of race-baiting have dogged Kemp, 55, and DeSantis, 40.
While much of the elections' focus was on which party would win control of the US Congress, Republicans and Democrats were battling across the country for state-level power.
Trump was heavily invested in the race, making two visits to the state in the final week of the campaign. But Republicans, including Trump, made an effort to tie Gillum and his record to the federal investigation.
Andrew Gillum's historic race for Florida governor may not be over. With 99% reporting, Nelson earned 4,039,498 votes - over 42,000 more votes than Gillum.
But Gillum, who is just 39, vowed to remain involved in politics. Chiles was the last Democrat to win the state's highest office. At the same time, more than 5 million registered voters didn't cast ballots this fall.