DeSantis says Floridians can't 'monkey this up' by electing black as governor

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"The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state", DeSantis said.

Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisGillum wins stunner and other takeaways from Arizona, Florida Sanders congratulates Gillum after Florida primary win Sanders-backed Andrew Gillum wins major upset in Florida Dem gov primary MORE (Fla.) sparked massive backlash for his comments about the Democratic nominee, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

Democratic nominee for Florida governor Andrew Gillum isn't anxious about the possible influence President Donald Trump will have on his race against Republican Ron DeSantis in the general election this November.

Rep. Ron DeSantis' Florida governor campaign says his comments about Democrat Andrew Gillum that have drawn criticism were directed at Gillum's policies and not the candidate himself.

Gillum's surprise victory for the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida sets up a race between a young, black progressive with an aspirational working-class message and DeSantis, a Republican who has staked his political career on his ties to President Trump.

The DeSantis campaign said it would be "absurd" to characterize his remarks as racist.

Trump surprised Florida Republicans late a year ago with his endorsement of DeSantis, and frequently tweeted about the lawmaker, one of his staunchest supporters in Washington.

In May, John Morgan, Florida's leading legalization advocate, had tough words for the two centrist Democrats.

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DeSantis probably owes his primary victory to the strong endorsement he received from President Trump. "If DeSantis really only appeals to base Trump voters, it would be making a mistake for Andrew Gillum to only appeal to his base".

Gillum stunned pollsters and much of the punditocracy by defeating four rivals to win the Democratic primary with 34 percent of the vote. Graham was expected to win handily, and then expected to win the gubernatorial race over Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Mr. Steele went on to note, following a clip played from the Fox News interview in which Mr. DeSantis used the phrase, that the Republican candidate had used other racial dog whistles. President Trump's pick, congressman Ron DeSantis, beat the establishment favourite Adam Putnam in Tuesday night's primary for the Republican nomination.

Gillum, the charismatic former Tallahassee mayor, overthrew a crowded Democratic ticket with a progressive platform and the backing of Sen. For months, the Tallahassee mayor was trailing Florida political dynasty candidate, former Rep. Gwen Graham - whose father was a beloved senator and also governor of the state - as well as a number of wealthy and self-funding challengers.

"We're going to make clear to the rest of the world that the dark days that we've been under coming out of Washington, that the derision and the division that have been coming out of our White House, that right here in the state of Florida that we are going to remind this nation of what is truly the American way", Gillum told his cheering supporters. Despite a recent decrease, Leon county's crime rate alluded to by Trump is still the highest in the state.

Republican McSally is running for retiring Sen.

While both parties saw record turnout, with more than 1.4 million Democrats voting and nearly 1.6 million Republicans, nearly 27 percent of registered voters in Florida, about 3.5 million, are independents.

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