Andrew Gillum, Florida's Upset Democratic Candidate, In An Early Tangle With Trump


DeSantis, who has been a frequent guest on Fox News, took to the network to blast his general election opponent as someone who would hurt the state. In contrast, DeSantis has been one of President Trump's fiercest and most visible advocates in the House of Representatives.

When asked if his win demonstrated a leftward push in the Democratic party, Gillum said that it showed that Democrats could run on their "values".

Gillum would be the state's first black governor.

The RGA is trying to showcase corruption problems with Tallahassee government-including an FBI investigation. He edged out several Democrats in this week's primary, including former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham.

Earlier in the day in a tweet the president attacked Gillum as a "failed Socialist Mayor" and called him the "biggest dream" for DeSantis.

"He's already incriminated himself by interfering with the Department of Justice, " Gillum said. I assume that Gillum has the African-American vote in his pocket and that, with the chance to elect an African-American governor and with a hot Senate race to vote in, Black turnout will be substantial with or without the outrage being feigned over DeSantis' comment.

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Gillum's victory on Tuesday was an unexpected one given he had lagged in most of the polling leading up to Tuesday's contest but outperformed the Real Clear Politics' polling average for the Democratic gubernatorial primary by a almost 3-to-1 margin.

"There is a difference in getting some of the Bernie Sanders people to vote for you in a primary and then going to the broader Florida electorate and trying to sell that message", DeSantis said.

During the interview with Fox News, DeSantis referred to what would happen if Florida voters supported his opponent, Andrew Gillum.

In favorability ratings, 45 percent of those surveyed said they have a favorable opinion of Gillum, and 27 percent an unfavorable opinion. "To characterize it as anything else is absurd", Lawson said by email.

"Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses", Lawson said. The state capital has had one of Florida's highest crime rates in recent years, although it's been going down.

DeSantis also came out fighting, criticizing Gillum as "way, way, way too liberal for the state of Florida". "There is nobody that's even close in moving numbers", DeSantis said. Both candidates believe that the election will ultimately be about the mobilization of core Democratic constituencies - minorities, women, and working-class whites who feel economically left behind, despite President Trump's election.