Ron DeSantis wins Florida GOP primary for governor

Ron DeSantis wins Florida GOP primary for governor

"With one tweet, that kind of put me on the map", DeSantis said. "Not misogynist, not racist, not bigots, they're going to be looking for a governor who is going to appeal to our higher aspirations as a state", Gillum said.

"It's very clear that Mr DeSantis is taking a page directly from the campaign manual of Donald Trump", he said. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersGillum wins stunner and other takeaways from Arizona, Florida Sanders congratulates Gillum after Florida primary win Sanders-backed Andrew Gillum wins major upset in Florida Dem gov primary MORE (I) earlier this month, edged out establishment favorite Rep.

The first test of the 2020 race for the White House - and of the possible impeachment of President Trump before he can even run for re-election - will come this November in the Florida election for governor.

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

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis is coming under fire from Democrats after saying the last thing Floridians need to do is "monkey this up" by electing Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum as governor.

In an interview with The Associated Press he added: "I think the Florida electorate is going to reject the politics of division".

No one imagines that Gillum will have an easy time of it in Florida, a politically-volatile battleground state where Republicans won the 2010 and 2014 gubernatorial races.

Gillum ran to the left of his Democratic opponents in the primary, calling for Medicare for all, a $15-an-hour minimum wage and the abolishment of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. "He's an honest man and he's going to be the next governor of the state of Florida".

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On the Republican side, DeSantis, a USA congressman from the Jacksonville area, stomped Adam Putnam, a former congressman and current Commissioner of Agriculture in Florida, with more than 56 percent of the vote.

She and Democratic rival, U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema have temporarily suspended their campaigns while the body of six-term U.S. Sen.

Gillum's Democratic opponents in the governor's race largely refrained from going negative on the mayor for fear of alienating Gillum's progressive, diverse base.

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

But he hadn't formally endorsed her until the next morning.

More than 3.5 million people voted out of 13 million registered voters in the state for a turnout rate of 27 per cent, the highest for a non-presidential Florida primary since 2002.

Josie Parke, 68, an interior designer in Coral Gables, said Trump's backing swayed her vote for DeSantis, too. He called Gillum a "failed socialist mayor" who has "allowed crime and many other problems to flourish in the city".

Those primary races Tuesday set up a fierce fall showdown in the nation's largest political battleground.

Graham seeks to become Florida's first female governor and to take the seat her father, Bob Graham, held from 1979 to 1987.

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