Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum Wins Democratic Nomination for Florida Governor

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Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), among other liberal figures nationally.

Gillum scored a surprise victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary for one the United States' most competitive races for governor.

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President Donald Trump, whose endorsement of Ron DeSantis was pivotal in Florida's Republican primary for governor, signaled this morning that he plans to get involved in the general election as well. That's not going to work. "The new Florida is rising in front of us, and we're going to be behind him 100 percent", he said.

Democrats called that a "racist dog whistle". "That was absolutely a racist, disgusting statement".

"I think McSally will win". According to his campaign, DeSantis's win was, in no small part, thanks to the $9.3 million in free airtime the campaign received from Fox News, Politico reported.

Stephen Lawson, communications director for the DeSantis campaign, told the Miami Herald that it was "absurd" to describe the comments as racist. Trump wrote on Wednesday.

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On Tuesday, Ron DeSantis was declared the victor in Florida's republican gubernatorial primary, facing off against the state's agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam.

On the Democratic side, progressive candidate Andrew Gillum, also 39, won the nomination in a surprising upset. State governors will play a key role in legislative reapportionments that emerge from the 2020 census.

If elected, Gillum would be the first black governor of Florida.

DeSantis told supporters that he is not always the most popular person in Washington, fighting for term limits and to end a "slush fund" of taxpayer funds used by representatives to settle sexual harassment lawsuits.

In Florida, DeSantis gave Trump credit for his victory, saying that with one supportive tweet, the president "kind of put me on the map".

However, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, who is running for re-election against outgoing Republican Governor Rick Scott in November, wrote on Twitter that "Comments like DeSantis's are unacceptable in civilized discourse".

Tallahassee has seen a spike in homicides, but its overall crime rate has declined, although it remains the highest in the state.

DeSantis, who turns 40 next month, is a former Navy lawyer.

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"Sorry, @realDonaldTrump. I made no endorsement in this race".

Democratic activists have long argued that the only way to boost midterm turnout is to offer voters a bold choice. Billionaire Jeff Greene spent about $38 million of his own money.

Gillum finished strong in each of Florida's major cities, including Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and his home city of Tallahassee. He was elected mayor in 2014. And city hall itself has been under investigation by the FBI for corruption, although Gillum has said he is not a target of the investigation.

Their policy differences are pronounced: DeSantis is pro-gun, and anti-tax; Gillum boasts about beating gun rights groups in a lawsuit and is calling for an increase in corporate taxes. But he acknowledged in a recent interview that it would be "big" to be Florida's first black governor.

No, really. He actually said it.

The Florida gubernatorial race is now pitting Bernie-style progressivism against Trump-era Republicanism on the ballot November 6.

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