DeSantis wins Florida gubernatorial race as Gillum concedes

Ron DeSantis meets supporters at a rally.

Ron DeSantis, a former congressman, aligned himself closely with President Donald Trump during his campaign. | Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

MIAMI — Andrew Gillum, the Florida Democratic Party’s first African-American candidate for governor, officially called it quits Saturday and congratulated Republican Ron DeSantis as the governor-elect of Florida.

Gillum’s announcement follows an automatic recount that ended Thursday and showed him gaining just one net vote in the process, making the margin against DeSantis officially 33,683 votes, or 0.41 percentage points.

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Gillum, who conceded on Election Night Nov. 6 and then withdrew his concession when the race headed to an automatic recount, was hoping that lawsuits from Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in his race would turn up more votes. But it didn’t happen, and Nelson is sure to lose as well. The 2018 Florida midterm election results are scheduled to be certified Tuesday.

“We said we would fight until the last vote is counted. We are now closing out the hand recount phase in two of the statewide races,” Gillum said in a Facebook video address, referring to Nelson’s contest and the race for agriculture commissioner, where Nikki Fried appears to be the only Democrat elected statewide.

“We wanted to make sure that every single vote including those that were overvotes, undervotes — as long as it was a legally cast vote — we wanted those votes to be counted,” Gillum said, standing next to his wife and adding that they “wanted to take a moment to congratulate Mr. DeSantis on becoming the next governor of the great state of Florida.”

The 39-year-old mayor of Tallahassee came closer than any other Democrat in 20 years to beating a Republican candidate for governor. Gillum’s unlikely win in the Democratic primary and his dynamic speaking style earned him a national fan base, and signaled that he’s likely to run for office again because, he said, his campaign was part of a “movement.”

In conceding, Gillum opted not to keep his options open by contesting the election, a long-shot effort that he and his advisers believed would be doomed to fail and corrosive for his brand.

Even President Donald Trump, who trashed Gillum as corrupt and feckless, had kind words about Gillum and said he was someone to watch.

“Congratulations to Andrew Gillum on having run a really tough and competitive race for Governor of the Great State of Florida,” Trump said on Twitter. “He will be a strong Democrat warrior long into the future – a force to reckon with!”

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Report: Lamar Jackson Expected to Play Majority of Snaps vs. Bengals

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 21:  Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens is tackled as he runs with the ball by defensive end Cameron Jordan #94 of the New Orleans Saints in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on October 21, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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Lamar Jackson will reportedly step into the spotlight. 

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport, Baltimore Ravens players “expect Lamar Jackson to see a majority of snaps” on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals

Additionally, Pelissero and Rapoport noted it’s “highly unlikely” Joe Flacco will play, although he’s not expected to need surgery on his hip.            

Jackson, who is considered the Ravens’ quarterback of the future, has seen the field in spurts this season as the coaching staff has sought to maximize his speed out of certain formations. However, the bulk of his production has come on the ground. 

Through nine games, Jackson has rushed 28 times for 139 yards and a touchdown. He’s also gone 7-of-12 as a passer for 87 yards and one score. 

Head coach John Harbaugh has been hesitant to name a starter with Flacco’s status up in the air because of a hip injury, but he told reporters earlier in the week he was “absolutely” confident in Jackson, according to the Baltimore Sun‘s Jonas Shaffer

Assuming Jackson is under center, he will get a chance to shine against a Bengals secondary that’s allowing a league-worst 313.3 passing yards per game. 

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Video: Watch Kemba Walker Drop 60, Jimmy Butler Game-Winner in 76ers vs. Hornets

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Kemba Walker tried to steal the show Saturday night, but Jimmy Butler wouldn’t let him. 

Although Walker headlined the evening’s proceedings with a career-high and Charlotte Hornets franchise-record 60 points—the most by any NBA player in a game this season—Butler spoiled his historic outing in stunning fashion. 

After the Philadelphia 76ers’ newest acquisition came up with a clutch block and crucial save on Walker’s potential go-ahead runner with time ticking down in the extra session, he drilled a game-winning three from the right wing to hand his side a 122-119 win: 

Butler finished with 15 points, four assists and three rebounds one night after he dropped 28 in a win over the Utah Jazz. 

Walker, meanwhile, was in a zone, as he erupted for the most impressive single-game outing the Association has seen since the 2018-19 campaign tipped off. 

In doing so, Walker outscored all of his teammates combined and finished with the most points of any player since Devin Booker torched the Boston Celtics for 70 in March 2017. 

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DeSantis wins Florida gubernatorial race as Gillum concedes

Ron DeSantis meets supporters at a rally.

Ron DeSantis, a former congressman, aligned himself closely with President Donald Trump during his campaign. | Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

MIAMI — Andrew Gillum, the Florida Democratic Party’s first African-American candidate for governor, officially called it quits Saturday and congratulated Republican Ron DeSantis as the governor-elect of Florida.

Gillum’s announcement follows an automatic recount that ended Thursday and showed him gaining just one net vote in the process, making the margin against DeSantis officially 33,683 votes, or 0.41 percentage points.

Story Continued Below

Gillum, who conceded on Election Night Nov. 6 and then withdrew his concession when the race headed to an automatic recount, was hoping that lawsuits from Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in his race would turn up more votes. But it didn’t happen, and Nelson is sure to lose as well. The 2018 Florida midterm election results are scheduled to be certified Tuesday.

“We said we would fight until the last vote is counted. We are now closing out the hand recount phase in two of the statewide races,” Gillum said in a Facebook video address, referring to Nelson’s contest and the race for agriculture commissioner, where Nikki Fried appears to be the only Democrat elected statewide.

“We wanted to make sure that every single vote including those that were overvotes, undervotes — as long as it was a legally cast vote — we wanted those votes to be counted,” Gillum said, standing next to his wife and adding that they “wanted to take a moment to congratulate Mr. DeSantis on becoming the next governor of the great state of Florida.”

The 39-year-old mayor of Tallahassee came closer than any other Democrat in 20 years to beating a Republican candidate for governor. Gillum’s unlikely win in the Democratic primary and his dynamic speaking style earned him a national fan base, and signaled that he’s likely to run for office again because, he said, his campaign was part of a “movement.”

In conceding, Gillum opted not to keep his options open by contesting the election, a long-shot effort that he and his advisers believed would be doomed to fail and corrosive for his brand.

Even President Donald Trump, who trashed Gillum as corrupt and feckless, had kind words about Gillum and said he was someone to watch.

“Congratulations to Andrew Gillum on having run a really tough and competitive race for Governor of the Great State of Florida,” Trump said on Twitter. “He will be a strong Democrat warrior long into the future – a force to reckon with!”

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Report: Dave Joerger’s Job in Jeopardy Due to Disagreement over Kings’ Direction

Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger reacts to a call during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)

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Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger’s job reportedly may be in jeopardy because of a difference in philosophy between him and the front office.

According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, those within the front office are unhappy that Joerger is favoring playing veteran players over the team’s young prospects.

Specifically, Kings executives would reportedly like 2018 No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley III to be featured more prominently.

Bagley is averaging 11.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this season, and he has yet to make a start.

Instead, Joerger has utilized 30-year-old Nemanja Bjelica as the starting power forward despite the front office reportedly believing Bagley would be a starter entering the season.

Additionally, rookie power forward Harry Giles is averaging just 10.0 minutes per game, and third-year big man Skal Labissiere has appeared in only five games and is averaging a mere 5.6 minutes per contest.

One bright spot in terms of Sacramento’s young players is second-year point guard De’Aaron Fox, who is performing near an All-Star level with 19.0 points, 7.3 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Overall, the Kings are a surprisingly 8-7, which currently ties them for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Sacramento hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2005-06, which is the NBA‘s longest current postseason drought.

Joerger is in the midst of his third season as Sacramento’s head coach after spending three seasons as head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies.

He reached the playoffs all three years he was at the helm in Memphis, but he owns a record of just 67-112 with the Kings.

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Mariah Carey on #JusticeForGlitter: ‘It’s much bigger than me’

Mariah Carey is just as surprised as any of us that the soundtrack to Glitter made it to the No. 1 spot on iTunes. “Which almost ruined my life,” she told Jimmy Fallon of the film on The Tonight Show Friday, “and now #JusticeForGlitter is a movement.”

Carey, in responding to the Glitter-y news, credited her fans for the album’s ascent. “The Lambily got behind it… Actually #JusticeForGlitter was directed at me ’cause I never do songs from that,” she said. And there’s a reason for that.

The diva, 48, didn’t really want to take that particular stroll down memory lane. “It was a tough time,” she recalled. “When [the film] came out it, was a whole thing. It was a drama. I don’t want to get into it because then… we have to change the mood.”

Glitter, released days after 9/11, was a bomb in terms of both critical and audience reception. It also coincided with her surprise appearance on TRL where she showed up with an ice cream cart for host Carson Daly. She was hospitalized for exhaustion afterwards and she would eventually be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, as Carey revealed earlier this year.

“The fact that Glitter even came back as a thing, it’s a thing,” Carey said, adding, “It’s bigger than me, it’s much bigger than me.”

Fallon hoped for Carey’s new album, Caution, to debut at No. 1 while bumping Glitter down to No. 2. The singer performed “The Distance” from her 15th studio album on the show with Ty Dolla $ign. But even though she put Glitter behind her, Carey admits the soundtrack is “a good album.”

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