Andrew Gillum, Ron DeSantis win primaries for Florida gubernatorial race

30 August, 2018, 23:15 | Author: Bruce West
  • Andrew Gillum, Ron DeSantis win primaries for Florida gubernatorial race

Hours after his upset win in Florida's Democratic Party race for Governor, Andrew Gillum was greeted on Twitter by someone who may become a familiar voice in that campaign, as President Donald Trump blasted Gillum's record, and labeling him "a failed Socialist Mayor".

Speaking on Fox News, DeSantis also called Gillum an "articulate spokesman" for the far-left.

"Tonight, we proved what's possible when people come together and show up to build Florida into a better state for all".

In November, Gillum-who is vying to become Florida's first black governor-will face off against Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), a "Trump acolyte" who has enthusiastically embraced the president's xenophobic agenda and pro-corporate economic policies.

"It's disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles", Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said in a statement. Smith asked, referring to DeSantis' comment.

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

Democrats immediately criticized DeSantis' remarks.

In a tweet congratulating Gillum for his come-from-behind win, Ocasio-Cortez declared that the "progressive movement is transforming the country". "DeSantis can do the bidding of big business and big lobbyists and Donald Trump and his divisive rhetoric".

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Republican primary voters overwhelmingly supported DeSantis in Tuesday's election over Adam Putnam, a 20-year political veteran once considered the front-runner until Trump interjected.

Trump alleged that Gillum "has allowed crime & many other problems to flourish in his city", adding: "This is not what Florida wants or needs!"

Fionna Beazzo stands with her mother Erin Beazzo as she fills out her primary day voting ballot next to Beverly Putzke at a polling station, August 28, 2018, in St. Augustine, Fla.

DeSantis based almost his entire campaign around the president. Following the tweet, Trump also campaigned for DeSantis and his Senate race counterpart, Gov. Rick Scott, in Tampa in late July.

While Gillum-who is now the mayor of Tallahassee-lacked the institutional backing and huge personal wealth of his Democratic opponents, he overcame this cash deficit with a massive surge in voter turnout, which was attributed to his unwavering embrace of popular policies like Medicare for All and raising the minimum wage.

Gillum defeated former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, who previously represented Florida's 2nd district in the House and whose father, Bob Graham, had previously served as governor of the state.

Republican establishment favourite US Representative Martha McSally has led consistently in opinion polls over former state Senator Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a three-way battle to prove which candidate is most loyal to Trump, who won Arizona by 4 percentage points in 2016. Bernie Sanders and billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer.

Gillum's victory could further energize black voters in a year when Democrats are already counting on high turnout among minorities to buoy the party in the November election. In total, 3.1 million voters went to the polls, 48.1 percent of them Democrats and 51.9 percent Republicans.

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