Andrew Gillum celebrates "incredible feat" of clinching Democratic nomination for Florida governor

Andrew Gillum to face Ron DeSantis in Florida governor race

Andrew Gillum to face Ron DeSantis in Florida governor race

Both parties have become more ideologically aggressive and anti-establishment, but the bigger surprise is that Democrats nominated Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee and a boldly liberal African American candidate.

DeSantis has emphasized his conservative credentials and military career, but it was the support by Trump that turned the race around in his favor. "That's not going to work, that's not going to be good for Florida." he added. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisGillum 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 (R-Fla.) for the governor's mansion - now held by Gov. Rick Scott (R) - in the fall.

"I did have support from someone in Washington", he said.

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Gillum on Tuesday won an upset in the Democratic primary for governor and edged out several other candidates.

If he wins the November 6 election, he would be the first black governor in the country's most populous swing state.

More likely, though, this ridiculous incident will blow over and the media will have to find some other "gotcha" with which to try and bring down DeSantis.

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But that doesn't mean there's nothing in Gillum's past that his Republican opponent, U.S. Rep Ron DeSantis, will use. Gillum spent the least of the major candidates, but won the hearts of those who consider themselves progressives, and got a late boost from Vermont Sen. The super PAC was responsible for attacks on Graham that labeled her as too much like a Republican to be acceptable to Democrats. "I'm going to be here to do the business of the people of the state of Florida".

In the Republican primary, DeSantis beat out Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who had seemingly built up the run for governor his entire adult life after being elected to office as a 22-year-old.

Gillum, the charismatic former Tallahassee mayor, overthrew a crowded Democratic ticket with a progressive platform and the backing of Sen.

DeSantis assailed Gillum in a Wednesday television appearance that critics denounced as racist after the Republican called Gillum an "articulate" candidate, but said "the last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting this state".

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. The Democratic Governors Association and other political groups also levied criticism.

Stephen Lawson, communications director for the DeSantis campaign, said it was "absurd" to call DeSantis' comments racist. "So let's keep it going", DeSantis said. Despite a recent decrease, Leon county's crime rate alluded to by Trump is still the highest in the state.

Tuesday's primary election came as the Grand Canyon State mourned the loss of former Senator John McCain. Gillum is the first African-American nominee for the governorship of Florida.

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