Progressive Andrew Gillum Wins Florida Democratic Gubernatorial Primary in Upset

Progressive Andrew Gillum Wins Florida Democratic Gubernatorial Primary in Upset

DeSantis sailed to victory in the Republican primary, defeating a longtime favorite of the GOP establishment with a campaign based largely around President Donald Trump.

"It's very clear that Mr. DeSantis is taking a page directly from the campaign manual of Donald Trump", Gillum told Fox News' Shepard Smith hours later.

"With Andrew Gillum, Florida Democrats have selected a radical far-left politician who remains at the center of an FBI anti-corruption investigation", the Republican Governors Association said Tuesday.

As a 23-year-old student at the historically black Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Famu), Gillum championed a people-first approach to politics and more funding for education during his successful campaign to be the youngest person ever elected to Tallahassee's city commission. Trump has thrust himself into the forefront of the midterm campaign in hopes of motivating his supporters and offsetting Democratic enthusiasm. That is a majority - 53 percent - of all the House seats with primaries Tuesday night.

Gillum is Florida's first black nominee for governor. Leaders in Maricopa County rejected calls to try to keep polls open later, saying it could confuse voters and delay returns. No problems were reported elsewhere in the state. Bill Nelson. After an easy win in Tuesday's GOP primary, Scott now joins a bitter - and expensive - showdown with Nelson that could play a decisive role in determining whether Republicans maintain control of the Senate. His television ads were Trump-focused, including one where his toddler stacks bricks while DeSantis exclaims, "Build the wall!"

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

On the Republican side, both primary candidates-Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Congressman Ron DeSantis-opposed adult-use legalization.

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On Friday, reports emerged that Trump Organization Chief Finance Officer Allen Weisselberg was also granted immunity in the probe. Weisselberg and Donald Trump Jr . serve as the two trustees of the Trump Organization, giving him access to Trump's finances.

Gillum also won the support of nationally prominent progressives like NY congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. His big endorsement came from Sen.

Of course, Florida's governor has no say in the future of the president.

Current Florida Gov. Rick Scott is vacating the governor's mansion to run for Senate.

Lisa Boothe agreed that DeSantis should publicly apologize and shift back to criticizing his opponent as a tax-and-spend Democrat endorsed by democratic socialists like Sen. With more than one-third of the vote counted.

Putnam had always been considered the favorite to win the GOP primary with state party backing and big donations from the biggest corporate entities in the state, including supermarket chain Publix, U.S. Sugar, Florida Power & Light and Disney. "The new Florida is rising in front of us, and we're going to be behind him 100 percent", he said.

Graham, who represented a conservative north Florida district in Congress, has been in the race the longest, and early on was considered the front-runner. Barack Obama's campaign for president in 2008.

The race, in the country's biggest swing state, is a sign of the increasing polarisation among voters during the Trump administration with sharp divides over issues like immigration, the environment and health care.

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