"This has been the journey of our lives," the Tallahassee mayor says in a video posted online as he congratulates Republican Ron DeSantis.
These states’ drawn-out 2018 counts could hold significance for future ballot design, voting machines and barriers against voter suppression.
More ballots need to be counted, but the outcome of the midterm elections in the two southern states may not change.
The malfunction has affected 174,000 early voting ballots, forcing officials to redo their work with little time to spare.
"We don't just get the opportunity to stop counting votes because we don't like the direction in which the vote tally is heading," said the Democratic candidate for governor.
Election workers begin the tedious task in bitter races for the U.S. Senate and the governorship that have national implications.
Don't let Fox News convince you otherwise. At both state and federal levels, the Democrats have made sweeping gains across the country.
The midterm elections offer revealing lessons for both parties as battle lines begin to emerge for the 2020 presidential election.
Gov. Rick Scott warns of a "monstrous" storm and activates the National Guard. Landfall is expected Wednesday.