Guess they have a right to be upset? Here's the story: Analysis: Election results in Florida and Georgia prompt soul-searching for African Americans JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — As cars clogged the parking lot outside Highlands Public Library, Tony Maxwell was certain his state was on the cusp of electing Florida’s first black governor. “It’s nice to see black people doing something early,” said Maxwell, 53, an African American retired naval officer, voting two days before Election Day. Gillum’s candidacy elicited an excitement on Jacksonville’s predominantly black north side that was unseen since the election of Barack Obama as president. When we vote, we win,” was one of Gillum’s trademark phrases, and Maxwell and his friends believed it. They voted. Still, their candidate lost. Democrats in Florida and Georgia awoke Wednesday feeling a complicated mix of emotions after two rising black political stars and would-be governors appeared to fall painfully short of victory. That pain was even more acute in African American communities, which sought to show how powerful they could be as a voting bloc in a divisive political period. There was deep disappointment, of course, and in some cases defiance and anger, over racist attacks that targeted both candidates, and, at times, hope that perhaps important lessons were learned for future candidacies.