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Ron DeSantis vs. Adam Putnam

Ron DeSantis vs. Adam Putnam Ron DeSantis vs. Adam Putnam
Patty Aguilar | 29 August, 2018, 11:13

Quick to respond to his victory, the Republican Governors Association released a statement from Communications Director Jon Thompson that said: "With Andrew Gillum, Florida Democrats have selected a radical far-left politician who remains at the center of an FBI anti-corruption investigation".

Gillum won the primary Tuesday after upsetting a field of better-known and better funded candidates.

The Democratic candidate has yet to be announced, but does anyone remember Alan Grayson, the Democratic congressman who said Republicans wanted people to die during the Obamacare debate.

Facing off in the Democratic primary were former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, billionaire Jeff Greene, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Orlando-area businessman Chris King.

DeSantis beat out Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, the preferred choice of more moderate, establishment Republicans, to secure the GOP nomination.

Gillum was a favorite among many groups that call themselves progressive Democrats.

Gillum framed himself as the truly progressive candidate who could break Florida Democrats' five-cycle losing streak of losing the governor's office.

Gillum, who would be the state's first black governor, trailed in the polls through much of the race but surged in the final stages with the backing of Sanders and high-profile liberal donors like George Soros and Tom Steyer. "Ron!" when he was declared the GOP nominee Tuesday evening.

DeSantis has run as a strong supporter of Trump since launching his campaign in January, after the president tweeted in December 2017 that he'd make a "GREAT" governor of Florida.

Current Republican Gov. Rick Scott easily defeated a nominal challenger to win the GOP nomination.

His decision sets up a showdown in the Democratic primary with Rep. Darren Soto, the first Florida congressman of Puerto Rican descent, who succeeded Grayson after he made an unsuccessful Senate bid in 2016. But his more moderate stance on immigration and his deciding vote a year ago against Trump's efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law turned off many GOP voters.

The race is already one of the most expensive in the country.

But former state Sen. McSally's district in particular is expected to be one of the most competitive House races in November's general election.

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