US midterm elections: Republican Rick Scott wins Florida Senate race

File photo of Republican Rick Scott. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Florida, USA Nov 19, 2018, 06.48 AM (IST)

After Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded race for Florida governor to his Republican rival, Ron DeSantis, Republican Rick Scott narrowly won the US Senate seat from Florida beating Democrat Bill Nelson.

The vote had gone into a recount which was being conducted by hand in a long-drawn out battle of nerves resulted in Scott's favour who won  over 10,000 votes, or 50.05 percent to 49.93 percent.

"I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of public service," Scott said.

President Trump was quick to react on his fellow Republicans win, saying: "From day one Rick Scott never wavered. He was a great Governor and will be even a greater Senator in representing the People of Florida." 

"Congratulations to Rick on having waged such a courageous and successful campaign!" 


The elections which were held on November 6th had led to a bitter war of words between the Democrats and Republicans with President Trump accusing Florida authorities of fraud although no evidence was found of voter fraud in the state.

After his victory, Scott said: "We must do what Americans have always done: come together for the good of our state and our country," adding,"my focus will not be on looking backward, but on doing exactly what I ran on: Making Washington Work."

Earlier on Saturday, Democrat Andrew Gillum had lost the Governor's race. In Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams lost to Republican Brian Kemp, Georgia's secretary of state with a one percentage point win.