DeSantis said he is more concerned with Gillum's plan to greatly hike business taxes in the state, adding that such a move would reverse progress made under Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and President Donald Trump. "It has everything to do with whether we want Florida to go in a good direction".
"This is an alarming and clear-cut case of obstruction of justice", Gillum said in a Facebook video in December. "DeSantis can do the bidding of big business and big lobbyists and Donald Trump and his divisive rhetoric".
But while DeSantis easily cruised to victory, Gillum, a former Tallahassee mayor, ended up exceeding expectations to defeat Graham.
A digest of the top political stories from the Globe, sent to your inbox Monday-Friday. That's not going to work. "I'm going to be here to do the business of the people of the state of Florida".
Florida's Democratic party leaders were swift to condemn the remark.
The hypothesis that both Gillum and Abrams have embraced is that moving to the center would not get them as many votes as their strong advocacy of a progressive agenda will bring. "That was absolutely a racist, disgusting statement. I think our total spending may have been six".
And in a close race - Gillum finished with 34.3 percent of the vote to 31.3 percent for Graham in unofficial results - every one of the factors had to combine to produce the victory.
DeSantis spokesman Stephen Lawson said the 39-year-old candidate was referring to Gillum's political positions, not his race.
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They said the guns would be hard to trace and could be used to elude metal detectors. Last week, KVUE spoke to Cody Wilson , creator of the 3D-gun blueprints.
Asked about the remarks Wednesday, Trump told reporters that he wasn't aware of DeDantis' remarks, saying, "I haven't heard that at all".
Josie Parke, 68, an interior designer in Coral Gables, said Trump's backing swayed her vote for DeSantis, too. Republican primary voters adore Trump and the president's support proved decisive in the match up between DeSantis and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
DeSantis based almost his entire primary run Trump and acknowledged his endorsement was the key.
"It has zero to do with race", DeSantis said. Gillum called them "beneath the intelligence of Floridians". 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. Marco Rubio shut down his presidential campaign and chose to run for re-election.
While Trump held off endorsing any of the three Republicans in a contentious U.S. Senate battle in Arizona, the candidates all spent the final stretch of the campaign touting their allegiance to him. Orlando-area businessman Chris King also ran, and finished last.
An anti-establishment Republican backed by Donald Trump and a black Democrat endorsed by Bernie Sanders will face each other in Florida's gubernatorial election in November. He was elected mayor in 2014. He will attack Gillum's record as mayor of Tallahassee, which includes an ongoing FBI investigation of possible corruption at city hall related to development deals. Gillum ran on several progressive policies, including gun reform, LGBTQ rights and universal healthcare. Just days before Tuesday's primary, Sen.