DeSantis says Florida shouldn’t ‘monkey this up’ by electing Andrew Gillum

DeSantis says Florida shouldn’t ‘monkey this up’ by electing Andrew Gillum

DeSantis says Florida shouldn’t ‘monkey this up’ by electing Andrew Gillum

Gillum, who is African American, would become the state's first black governor if he were to win in November.

"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.

Prominent Fox News host Sean Hannity and conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin both backed DeSantis and campaigned alongside him.

"I am not in favor in Florida, of doing recreational marijuana". He said it was the only reason he voted for DeSantis.

The race between US Representative Ron DeSantis and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who both defeated better known rivals in their primaries Tuesday, gives voters a stark contrast as both parties chose nominees from their fringes. "We will maintain a focus on investing in our human services, ensuring good jobs are available in our community, and providing our police officers with the resources they need to fight crime and continue this positive momentum". Dwight Bullard, the political director for New Florida Vision PAC, hailed Gillum's victory in the context of an increasingly diverse progressive movement.

Trump has lavishly praised DeSantis, one of his most reliable TV defenders, and slammed Gillum as "a failed Socialist Mayor".

Gillum clearly isn't stressed about Trump, he coolly responded back on Twitter with, "What our state and country needs is decency, hope, and leadership".

Gillum has embraced a "Medicare-for-all" health-care system and has said the government should "abolish ICE in its current form".

Trump has gone on to endorse the Florida Republican on numerous occasions.

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Earlier Wednesday, Gillum said in a CNN interview that he does not fear Trump's expected heavy involvement in the general election - and that he "absolutely" believes the president should be impeached.

Gillum was on a shortlist for Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick, according to one of John Podesta's stolen emails, but when he made a decision to run for governor Sen.

Gillum also won the support of nationally prominent progressives like NY congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen.

Stephen Lawson, a DeSantis spokesman, later said that any characterizations of racism were unwarranted.

"Shame on you Ron DeSantis", McGhee, a south Dade Democrat and former prosecutor, said in a statement.

"I applaud Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam for making this important commitment to Florida taxpayers", Norquist said.

In the Democratic primary for Florida governor, progressive favourite Andrew Gillum narrowly led moderate former US Representative Gwen Graham by almost two percentage points with 85 per cent of the vote counted.

Gillum's win was a surprise, as he trailed Graham in the polls for much of the race but surged in the final stages with the backing of liberal U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and high-profile liberal donors like George Soros and Tom Steyer.

The election of either Abrams or Gillum would make history for Democrats, as there has never been a black Governor in Georgia or Florida. That status was challenged over the summer by Levine, who used almost $27 million of his personal money to swamp Florida's 10 expensive media markets starting in November, far earlier than any other candidate on TV.

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