Florida primary victor says black opponent would 'monkey up' the state

Andrew Gillum, Ron DeSantis win primaries for Florida gubernatorial race

Andrew Gillum, Ron DeSantis win primaries for Florida gubernatorial race

President Donald Trump and Andrew Gillum, the surprise Democratic victor of Florida's Democratic gubernatorial primary, exchanged barbs on Wednesday morning, underscoring the role the president is expected to play in a marquee race this fall. "Who's going to talk about what it means to build a Florida that makes room for all of us and not just some of us". "That's not going to work, that's not going to be good for Florida." he added. "The new Florida is rising in front of us, and we're going to be behind him 100 percent", he said.

DeSantis also described Gillum, who won the Democratic nomination for governor in an upset, as an "articulate spokesmen for those far left views," but said after watching Democratic primary debates, "none of that was my cup of tea".

"It's disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles", said Terrie Rizzo, head of the Florida Democratic Party.

"To characterize it as anything else is absurd", he said.

Last night, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum made history as the first African American to win a major party nomination for governor in Florida. DeSantis gave his opponent props for capitalizing on the grassroots energy, but noted that the Republican received twice as many votes in his primary than Gillum did. Sen. An endorsement from Democratic socialist Sen.

If Democrats can pull of a victory in November in the Sunshine State, it would likely be considered a significant blow to Trump and the Republicans ahead of the 2020 presidential race.

If the 39-year-old Tallahassee mayor wins the November 6 election, he would become the most populous US swing state's first black governor.

Tallahassee past year was named the most unsafe city in Florida by the blog 24/7 Wall St. based on federal Uniform Crime Rate reports from 2015 that showed 767.1 violent crimes per 100,000 people, compared to a statewide rate of 461.9 per 100,000. "I don't think there's any other way to interpret it".

"It's very clear that Mr. DeSantis is taking a page directly from the campaign manual of Donald Trump", Gillum told Fox News' Shepard Smith hours later.




"He's much too liberal for Florida", DeSantis said. He ran for the Senate in 2016 but dropped out when Republican Sen. Marco Rubio shut down his presidential campaign and ran for re-election. Trump later tweeted his endorsement and rallied for DeSantis in Tampa.

"I had a trusting relationship and I felt like I allowed people around me who were acquaintances of his because I trusted him", Gillum said according to a January Democrat report.

Gillum, 39, has been a regular presence on social media, relying on Twitter and Facebook to overcome a huge spending gap between his campaign and his better-funded Democratic opponents, including former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene, who both outspent him 5 to 1.

Orlando-area businessman Chris King also showed up on the ballot as a Democratic gubernatorial candidate and focused his campaign on progressive values.

Gillum was a 23-year-old Florida A&M student when he became the youngest person elected to the Tallahassee City Commission in 2003. He was elected mayor in 2014.

But the win also comes as the FBI is investigating corruption at city hall. Gillum has said he's not a target.

Gillum didn't make race an issue in the primary.

Tonight, Republican voters in Florida will nominate a candidate to run for governor, as term-limited Gov. Rick Scott, R, is running for U.S Senate.

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