US midterm elections results and reaction as America votes in Trump referendum

Florida and Georgia governors’ races still too close to call

Battles for governor in Georgia and Florida pitting liberal black Democrats against white Republicans supported by Donald Trump remain too close to call.

In Georgia, Stacey Abrams is vying to become the nation’s first black female governor. The 44-year-old Georgia politician and Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, would also be the first black governor in each of their states.

Stacey Abrams (Image:

Abrams and Gillum, 39, tested a new liberal path in Southern states where traditional, centrist Democrats have repeatedly lost. They sought to rally greater numbers of young voters and minorities, who typically favor Democrats but often sit out elections in years when a presidential vote is not held.

Andrew Gillum (Image: REUTERS)

Trump’s reputation was on the line after his endorsements helped Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and former Congressman Ron DeSantis of Florida clinch the Republican nominations for their states’ open gubernatorial seats.

Accusations of race-baiting have dogged Kemp, 55, and DeSantis, 40. They deny the charges.