The photo finish delivered Florida’s top office to the GOP for a sixth straight election, and is sure to leave Democrats shattered about how they could lose an election where they seemed to have so many advantages. -Adam C. Smith, Tampa Bay Times

Ron DeSantis along with his wife, Mason take the stage for his victory speech for winning the race for Florida's governor over opponent Andrew Gillum. (Chris Urso, Times)
Ron DeSantis along with his wife, Mason take the stage for his victory speech for winning the race for Florida's governor over opponent Andrew Gillum. (Chris Urso, Times)
Ron DeSantis along with his wife, Mason, delivering his victory speech for winning the race for Florida's governor over opponent Andrew Gillum. (Chris Urso, Times)
Ron DeSantis along with his wife, Mason, delivering his victory speech for winning the race for Florida's governor over opponent Andrew Gillum. (Chris Urso, Times)
OCTAVIO JONES | Times Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Mayor Andrew Gillum gives his concession speech along side his wife First Lady R. Jai Gillum, running mate Chris King and his wife Kristen King on the campus Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
OCTAVIO JONES | Times Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Mayor Andrew Gillum gives his concession speech along side his wife First Lady R. Jai Gillum, running mate Chris King and his wife Kristen King on the campus Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Mayor Andrew Gillum gives his concession speech along side his wife First Lady R. Jai Gillum, running mate Chris King and his wife Kristen King on the campus Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. (Octavio Jones, Times)
Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Mayor Andrew Gillum gives his concession speech along side his wife First Lady R. Jai Gillum, running mate Chris King and his wife Kristen King on the campus Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. (Octavio Jones, Times)
OCTAVIO JONES | Times Supporters of Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Mayor Andrew Gillum look on while he gives his concession speech along side his wife First Lady R. Jai Gillum, running mate Chris King and his wife Kristen King on the campus Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
OCTAVIO JONES | Times Supporters of Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Mayor Andrew Gillum look on while he gives his concession speech along side his wife First Lady R. Jai Gillum, running mate Chris King and his wife Kristen King on the campus Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
Supporters of Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Mayor Andrew Gillum wait for him to appear with his wife First Lady R. Jai Gillum, running mate Chris King and his wife Kristen King on the campus Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. (Octavio Jones, Times)
Supporters of Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Mayor Andrew Gillum wait for him to appear with his wife First Lady R. Jai Gillum, running mate Chris King and his wife Kristen King on the campus Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. (Octavio Jones, Times)


Rick Scott kisses his wife Ann as he speaks to supporters at an election watch party, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Naples, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Rick Scott kisses his wife Ann as he speaks to supporters at an election watch party, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Naples, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Rick Scott waves to supporters at an election watch party, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Naples, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Rick Scott waves to supporters at an election watch party, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Naples, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Dan McLaughlin, senior adviser to Sen. Bill Nelson, advises supporters that there are concerns on ballot counting in several south Florida counties, at the Nelson for U.S. Senate election night party, in downtown Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Nelson trails Republican challenger Rick Scott with 99 percent of Florida precincts reporting. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)
Dan McLaughlin, senior adviser to Sen. Bill Nelson, advises supporters that there are concerns on ballot counting in several south Florida counties, at the Nelson for U.S. Senate election night party, in downtown Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Nelson trails Republican challenger Rick Scott with 99 percent of Florida precincts reporting. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)
Democratic supporters react as the results for the state senate race lead slips to a virtual tie during at an election party for Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Democratic supporters react as the results for the state senate race lead slips to a virtual tie during at an election party for Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
A Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott supporter crosses her fingers at an election watch party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Naples, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
A Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott supporter crosses her fingers at an election watch party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Naples, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Tonya Ledford points her seven-year-old daughter Emma and nine-year-old son Landon toward the screen as they watch as candidate for Attorney General Ashley Moody runs against Sean Shaw during a watch party for Moody at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. (Bronte Wittpenn, Times)
Tonya Ledford points her seven-year-old daughter Emma and nine-year-old son Landon toward the screen as they watch as candidate for Attorney General Ashley Moody runs against Sean Shaw during a watch party for Moody at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. (Bronte Wittpenn, Times)
Florida's new Attorney General Ashley Moody stands with her husband Justin Duralia and eight-year-old son Connor in front of a crowd of supporters after winning the Attorney General race during election night at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. (Bronte Wittpenn, Times)
Florida's new Attorney General Ashley Moody stands with her husband Justin Duralia and eight-year-old son Connor in front of a crowd of supporters after winning the Attorney General race during election night at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. (Bronte Wittpenn, Times)
Sean Shaw, the Democratic candidate for Florida Attorney General, concedes to Ashley Moody during a watch party on November 6, 2018 at Le Meridien in Tampa, Fla. (Monica Herndon, Times)
Sean Shaw, the Democratic candidate for Florida Attorney General, concedes to Ashley Moody during a watch party on November 6, 2018 at Le Meridien in Tampa, Fla. (Monica Herndon, Times)
Sean Shaw, the Democratic candidate for Florida Attorney General, concedes to Ashley Moody during a watch party on November 6, 2018 at Le Meridien in Tampa, Fla. (Monica Herndon, Times)
Sean Shaw, the Democratic candidate for Florida Attorney General, concedes to Ashley Moody during a watch party on November 6, 2018 at Le Meridien in Tampa, Fla. (Monica Herndon, Times)
Former Attorney General Pam Bondi smiles at a crowd of supporters for newly appointed Attorney General Ashley Moody in a watch party at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. (Bronte Wittpenn, Times)
Former Attorney General Pam Bondi smiles at a crowd of supporters for newly appointed Attorney General Ashley Moody in a watch party at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. (Bronte Wittpenn, Times)
The elephant pendant of Marielou Ondra can be see at a watch party in support of Attorney General Ashley Moody at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. (Bronte Wittpenn, Times)
The elephant pendant of Marielou Ondra can be see at a watch party in support of Attorney General Ashley Moody at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. (Bronte Wittpenn, Times)
An unidentified Ron DeSantis supporter checks his phone as election results are posted for the Florida Governor's race. (Chris Urso, Times)
An unidentified Ron DeSantis supporter checks his phone as election results are posted for the Florida Governor's race. (Chris Urso, Times)
Leah Williams, 50, reacts to unfavorable results for Democrats in a gubernatorial race watch party at the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg, Nov. 6, 2018. (Martha Asencio Rhine, Times)
Leah Williams, 50, reacts to unfavorable results for Democrats in a gubernatorial race watch party at the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg, Nov. 6, 2018. (Martha Asencio Rhine, Times)
In this panoramic image Ron DeSantis supporters make there way into the DeSantis' watch party headquarters Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Orlando. Republican DeSantis is facing Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum in the Governor's race in Florida. (Chris Urso, Times)
In this panoramic image Ron DeSantis supporters make there way into the DeSantis' watch party headquarters Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Orlando. Republican DeSantis is facing Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum in the Governor's race in Florida. (Chris Urso, Times)
Janet Cruz arrives to her watch party in south Tampa with an 82 vote lead November 6, 2018. (John Pendygraft, Times)
Janet Cruz arrives to her watch party in south Tampa with an 82 vote lead November 6, 2018. (John Pendygraft, Times)
Reginald Balloon, 55, Trinette Williams, 53 and Harold Williams, 51, watch anxiously as results come in. Andrew Gillum supporters gather for a gubernatorial race watch party at the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg, Nov. 6, 2018. (Martha Asencio Rhine, Times)
Reginald Balloon, 55, Trinette Williams, 53 and Harold Williams, 51, watch anxiously as results come in. Andrew Gillum supporters gather for a gubernatorial race watch party at the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg, Nov. 6, 2018. (Martha Asencio Rhine, Times)
Cassidy Whitaker, 23, and Dave Cutler, 39, check election results on a phone during the Kim Overman watch party for Hillsborough County Commission District 7 at C House on November 6, 2018 in Tampa. (Tailyr Irvine, Times)
Cassidy Whitaker, 23, and Dave Cutler, 39, check election results on a phone during the Kim Overman watch party for Hillsborough County Commission District 7 at C House on November 6, 2018 in Tampa. (Tailyr Irvine, Times)
Kim Overman hugs Annslee Maloy, 14, while holding her grandson Isaiah Overman, 4, during the Kim Overman watch party for Hillsborough County Commission District 7 at C House on November 6, 2018 in Tampa. (Tailyr Irvine, Times)
Kim Overman hugs Annslee Maloy, 14, while holding her grandson Isaiah Overman, 4, during the Kim Overman watch party for Hillsborough County Commission District 7 at C House on November 6, 2018 in Tampa. (Tailyr Irvine, Times)
Kim Overman checks the election results during the Kim Overman watch party for Hillsborough County Commission District 7 at C House on November 6, 2018 in Tampa. (Tailyr Irvine, Times)
Kim Overman checks the election results during the Kim Overman watch party for Hillsborough County Commission District 7 at C House on November 6, 2018 in Tampa. (Tailyr Irvine, Times)
Charlie Crist, left. celebrates during his U.S. House Florida District 13 race watch party held at The Avenue restaurant in St. Petersburg with David Miller of Iowa. Incumbent and former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist beat political newcomer George Buck in the 2018 general election. This is the second congressional win for Crist, a Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat who restarted his political career when he first won the redrawn seat in 2016. (Boyzell Hosey, Times)
Charlie Crist, left. celebrates during his U.S. House Florida District 13 race watch party held at The Avenue restaurant in St. Petersburg with David Miller of Iowa. Incumbent and former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist beat political newcomer George Buck in the 2018 general election. This is the second congressional win for Crist, a Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat who restarted his political career when he first won the redrawn seat in 2016. (Boyzell Hosey, Times)
Karen Kouyoumjian, 64, of Celebration, Fla., gives a thumbs-up as early polling results come in at the DeSantis' watch party headquarters Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Orlando. Republican DeSantis is facing Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum in the Governor's race in Florida. (Chris Urso, Times)
Karen Kouyoumjian, 64, of Celebration, Fla., gives a thumbs-up as early polling results come in at the DeSantis' watch party headquarters Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Orlando. Republican DeSantis is facing Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum in the Governor's race in Florida. (Chris Urso, Times)
Kameron Straughn, 7, Tampa, shows off his Sean Shaw button during a watch party for Sean Shaw, the Democratic candidate for Florida Attorney General, on November 6, 2018 at Le Meridien in Tampa, Fla. (Monica Herndon, Times)
Kameron Straughn, 7, Tampa, shows off his Sean Shaw button during a watch party for Sean Shaw, the Democratic candidate for Florida Attorney General, on November 6, 2018 at Le Meridien in Tampa, Fla. (Monica Herndon, Times)
Dana Young talks with reporters at her watch party at Pane Rustica in south Tampa November 6, 2018. (John Pendygraft, Times)
Dana Young talks with reporters at her watch party at Pane Rustica in south Tampa November 6, 2018. (John Pendygraft, Times)
Linda Morgan, 66, shows off her shirt in support of Andrew Gillum at a gubernatorial race watch party at the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg, Nov. 6, 2018. (Martha Asencio Rhine, Times)
Linda Morgan, 66, shows off her shirt in support of Andrew Gillum at a gubernatorial race watch party at the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg, Nov. 6, 2018. (Martha Asencio Rhine, Times)
An unidentified Ron DeSantis supporter carries a sign as early polling results come in at the DeSantis' watch party headquarters Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Orlando. Republican DeSantis is facing Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum in the Governor's race in Florida. (Chris Urso, Times)
An unidentified Ron DeSantis supporter carries a sign as early polling results come in at the DeSantis' watch party headquarters Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Orlando. Republican DeSantis is facing Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum in the Governor's race in Florida. (Chris Urso, Times)
Carla Bristol dances with an Andrew Gillum shirt as she and others gather for a gubernatorial race watch party at the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg, Nov. 6, 2018. (Martha Asencio Rhine, Times)
Carla Bristol dances with an Andrew Gillum shirt as she and others gather for a gubernatorial race watch party at the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg, Nov. 6, 2018. (Martha Asencio Rhine, Times)
Sean Shaw (center) greets Kameron Straughn,7, Kayshaun Straughn, 10, and Claudia Terrell, all of Tampa, during a watch party for Sean Shaw, the Democratic candidate for Florida Attorney General, on November 6, 2018 at Le Meridien in Tampa, Fla. (Monica Herndon, Times)
Sean Shaw (center) greets Kameron Straughn,7, Kayshaun Straughn, 10, and Claudia Terrell, all of Tampa, during a watch party for Sean Shaw, the Democratic candidate for Florida Attorney General, on November 6, 2018 at Le Meridien in Tampa, Fla. (Monica Herndon, Times)