Sunday, 18 November, 2018

DeSantis and Scott Cruise in GOP Primaries in Florida

PHOENIX AZ- MAY 22 Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks to the media in front of the Arizona State Capitol before filing petitions to run for the U.S. Senate Andrew Gillum to face Ron DeSantis in Florida governor race
Marty Perkins | 30 August, 2018, 15:30

Gillum made history by becoming the first black gubernatorial nominee in Florida history.

DeSantis has emphasized his conservative credentials and military career, but it was the support by Trump that turned the race around in his favor.

He told CNN: "I actually believe that Florida and its rich diversity are going to be looking for a governor who's going to bring us together, not divide us".

The 54-second video, "DeSantis: Trump's Yes Man", signals that while Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum may be vowing to not make Trump much of an issue this fall, outside Democratic groups will be more than happy to do so on Gillum's behalf.

"Andrew Gillum has a very engaging personality and he is very clear and strong about his beliefs", said Christopher Daniels, professor of political science at Famu. He will take on Rep. Ron DeSantis, who prides himself on his closeness with President Trump, who enthusiastically backed him.

Also in Tuesday's primary, Republicans nominated Gov. Doug Ducey for a second term and Democrats selected education professor David Garcia to challenge him.

A few weeks ago, Andrew Gillum remained relatively unknown to Florida voters despite a historic bid to be the state's first black governor.

DeSantis has also been a regular face on Fox News.

"Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses", he said.




"I have been really slow to try to think on it because it's too big", he said.

The Tallahassee mayor beat out the other top 3 candidates in the race with 34.3-percent of the vote.

Gillum's Republican opponent couldn't be more different. "I'm going to be here to do the business of the people of the state of Florida".

Detractors included Democratic lawmakers who have been DeSantis' colleagues in the House.

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

But with the help of an enthusiastic progressive base and endorsements from national figures such as Sen. Or will Gillum, Abrams and other progressives go down to defeat because they don't appeal to moderate Democrats, independents, and even some Republicans?

The gloves are already off. Mr. Trump called Gillum a "failed socialist" on Twitter Wednesday. Ron DeSantis injected this racist tone into his campaign because he is a Trump-style politician and Trump has proven that's the best way for Republicans to churn out voters given their unpopular agenda. Gillum is mayor of the city of Tallahassee and Trump said Gillum has "allowed crime and many other problems to flourish in the city".

After following the congressman at five rallies and a debate, Centinaro watched as her "prize student" accepted the Republican nomination for Florida Governor.

Tallahassee has had one of the Florida's highest crime rates in recent years though it has been going down. Bill Nelson. Scott had an easy win in Tuesday's GOP primary, and now he heads into an increasingly bitter - and expensive - showdown with Nelson that could play a decisive role in which party controls the Senate.

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