- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 3, 2010

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republican businessman Rick Scott will be Florida’s next governor after Democrat Alex Sink conceded Wednesday in what was an extremely tight race.

With 99 percent of Tuesday’s votes counted, Mr. Scott had 49 percent to Ms. Sink’s 48 percent of the vote. Mr. Scott’s campaign called a win by Ms. Sink “a mathematical impossibility.”

Mr. Scott, a 57-year-old multimillionaire, unexpectedly jumped into the Republican primary race in April. With an anti-establishment message and “tea party” backing, the political newcomer proceeded to spend about $73 million of his family’s money in beating Attorney General Bill McCollum for the GOP nomination and then taking on Ms. Sink.

Ms. Sink is the state’s chief financial officer. She worked for 26 years in the banking business, eventually becoming one of the state’s most prominent businesswomen.

“We fought very very hard,” Ms. Sink told supporters Wednesday morning. “We just fell a little bit short.”

Ms. Sink said she planned to return to private life but added, “I will continue hold the politicians in Tallahassee accountable for results.”

Mr. Scott will replace Gov. Charlie Crist, who eschewed a second term to run for U.S. Senate. He lost Tuesday to Marco Rubio.

Mr. Scott will be sworn in Jan. 4.


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