Published: Thu, August 30, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Republican Referring To African-American Opponent, Says Don't "Monkey Up"

Republican Referring To African-American Opponent, Says Don't

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who won Bernie Sanders' coveted seal of approval, triumphed over Gwen Graham, the daughter of a senator and former Florida governor (and a centrist Democrat), New York Magazine reports. The last six presidential election winners won Florida.

In toppling the Putnam political machine, DeSantis continues a string of victories by outsider anti-establishment GOP candidates that dates back to Gov. Rick Scott's primary win in 2010 and continued in 2016 with Trump's victory over U.S. Sen. But if Kemp and DeSantis win because of Trump's lingering appeal and because the Democrats' lurch to the left will have squandered their chances for victory, then despite the Manafort and Cohen verdicts and threats of impeachment, no one should write off Trump's chance for a second term.

But he pulled off an upset with an unapologetically liberal agenda and grassroots campaign in a battleground state, where Democrats have been shut out of the governor's office for two decades. "Who's going to talk about what it means to build a Florida that makes room for all of us and not just some of us".

Detractors included Democratic lawmakers who have been DeSantis' colleagues in the House. We're proving, that if progressives come together, we can win.

Trump surprised Florida Republicans late previous year with his endorsement of DeSantis, and he has frequently tweeted about the lawmaker, one of his staunchest supporters in Washington.

DeSantis' win buoyed the believers of QAnon, the online movement allegedly headed by someone deep within the Trump administration who drops cryptic posts about things that will supposedly happen.

After returning to Florida, Putnam was viewed as nearly certain to run for governor someday and he began sowing up support in every part of the state.

But Trump's endorsement was the biggest factor in swinging the race to DeSantis.

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Suddenly, he was considered the favorite over Putnam, who seemingly spent his entire adult life building toward the run for governor.

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

Graham was subjected to TV ad attacks from the Collective, which supported Gillum; the UNITE HERE union, which supported Levine, and from fellow candidate Jeff Greene. Orlando-area businessman Chris King also ran, and finished last. "People don't want Donald Trump as governor of Florida", he said. But he had prominent elected officials - including Congressman Alcee Hastings, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam and state Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park, strongly advocating on his behalf.

But the win also comes as the FBI is investigating corruption at city hall.

"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.

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.

Gillum also won eight of the 10 counties with Florida's highest proportion of black residents.

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

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