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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Florida Governor Rick Scott will remain in office for four more years after winning the gubernatorial race.
Tuesday’s win means Scott is the second GOP governor ever in state history to win. This is remarkable since his approval ratings have never been over 50 percent.
Just before 11:30 p.m., Charlie Crist conceded but earlier he said he would not since, at the time, there were too many votes still left to count in Dade, Broward, and Duval.
“When the gap got to 100,000 we figured it was time to do the right thing,” Crist said. “Losing is not fun, but what is most important is that we come together as a state. This was a tough election and I understand that and I wish Governor Scott the best.”
Scott spoke to a cheering crowd and thanked supporters during his victory speech.
“Most important in this race is all of our volunteers and supporters, none of this would have happened without all of you here and the 11,000 around the state,” Governor Scott said. “I can tell you all this, I will not let up, we will become number one.”
On Election day, Scott went full throttle starting in South Florida, then headed North and wrapped up on the West coast.
Scott was joined by Texas Governor Rick Perry on the last leg of the Get Out the Early Vote bus tour. The two were encouraging supporters to get out and vote.
The governor made stops in Miami, Ft. Myers, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Pensacola.
Governor Scott wrapped up his tour at an election night event in Bonita Springs. He later watched the returns with his family.
Meantime, his opponent former Florida governor Charlie Crist wrapped up his last full day of campaigning in Orlando with former President Bill Clinton by his side.
For election results, click here.
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