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Andrew Gillum: His victory and the road ahead

Former aide Mc Cain probably would’ve wanted a Latina woman to succeed him Andrew Gillum: His victory and the road ahead
Patty Aguilar | 30 August, 2018, 15:31

The president tweeted Wednesday morning that Gillum, who would be the state's first black governor, is "a failed Socialist Mayor", adding that the Sunshine State does not want or need him.

This is a dishonest rendering of what DeSantis said.

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".

Florida politics can be wild, but the state hasn't seen anything quite like Andrew Gillum versus Ron DeSantis. But Gillum took the most liberal positions on most issues - and forcefully advocated that a genuine, progressive stance was the way for Democratic candidates to win elections.

Florida Republican nominee DeSantis thanked President Donald Trump for his landslide win.

Joe Dinkins of the Working Families Party noted that Gillum scored his primary upset win over better-known and better-funded Democrats by running as "an unapologetic progressive who supports criminal justice reform, Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, and more..." He went on Fox News to talk about the upcoming race against, Gillum, who would be the state's first black governor if elected in November.

Sure enough, after seeing the congressman on Fox News last December, Trump endorsed DeSantis in a tweet.

"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.

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

Besides Graham, Gillum turned back former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who poured $29 million of his personal wealth into the race and saturated the state with 30 different campaign ads. "That's not going to be good for Florida". Facing establishment-backed former Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.) in the primary, DeSantis was once considered the underdog, though Trump's endorsement this week helped change that.

On other issues, Gillum was much further to the left than the rivals he defeated, and more in line with the progressive fringes of the Democratic party now coming to the fore.

Democrats immediately decried DeSantis' comment as racist.

Andrew Gillum will face off against Republican Congressmember Ron DeSantis, who won the Republican primary Tuesday after receiving the backing of Donald Trump.

Stephen Lawson, communications director for the DeSantis campaign, said it was "absurd" to call DeSantis' comments racist. And city hall itself has been under investigation by the FBI for corruption, although Gillum has said he is not a target of the investigation. Gillum called them "beneath the intelligence of Floridians".

Tallahassee has had one of the Florida's highest crime rates in recent years though it has been going down.

Former Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick won the Democratic nomination for McSally's congressional seat in the suburbs around Tucson.

The midterm elections in Arizona and Florida are being closely watched as harbingers of how the key states may vote in the 2020 presidential election.

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

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