DeSantis To Floridians: Don't 'Monkey This Up' By Voting For Andrew Gillum

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Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis each defeated the establishment picks in their respective gubernatorial primaries in Florida and will face each other in November.

President Donald Trump and Andrew Gillum, the surprise Democratic victor of Florida's Democratic gubernatorial primary, exchanged barbs on Wednesday morning, underscoring the role the president is expected to play in a marquee race this fall. He continued, "That is not going to work, that's not going to be good for Florida". "The new Florida is rising in front of us, and we're going to be behind him 100 percent", he said.

"There's an eagerness to immediately consolidate behind the Democratic nominee", Smith said.

Gillum was backed by progressives including U.S. Sen.

"And I think that's what we did in this primary race, and I think that's going to be critical to winning in the general".

Gillum spokesman Geoff Burgan said the campaign was letting the FDP respond, but added: "DeSantis' comments speak for themselves". "To characterize it as anything else is absurd", Stephen Lawson, the communications director for the Ron DeSantis campaign, said in a statement.

DeSantis rode Trump's endorsement to victory in the GOP race, underscoring the president's broad appeal in Republican primaries. 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. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and the "democratic socialist" bloc.

In a state sure to be a battleground in the 2020 presidential vote, the governor's race will essentially be a referendum on Trump.

Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, was pressed by Fox News host Shepard Smith to say if he thought DeSantis' comments were explicitly racist.

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"Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis are both scraping from the bottom of the barrel", he said on CNN.

Trump weighed in Wednesday on Twitter saying that not only did DeSantis win but that "his opponent in November is his biggest dream".

Tallahassee has seen a spike in homicides, but its overall crime rate has declined, although it remains the highest in the state. He ran for the Senate in 2016 but dropped out when Republican Sen. Marco Rubio shut down his presidential campaign and made a decision to run for re-election.

"He will be a great Senator", Trump tweeted of Scott. If he needs POTUS to campaign for him in Florida this fall, it's a cinch that Trump will do it.

Andrew Gillum was expected by many to be an also-ran in Florida's Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Gillum, who was running against multi-billionaire Jeff Greene, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and a list of other Democratic candidates, received 33 percent of the votes. Orlando-area businessman Chris King also ran, and finished last. At the age of 23, Gillum was elected to the Tallahassee City Commission in 2003. He was elected mayor in 2014.

Although he didn't mention Gillum by name, DeSantis was referring to how he perceives Gillum's policies.

"We believe we've got to talk to Floridians, and largely to Floridians who have chosen not to participate in the political process because they don't believe in it anymore", Gillum said. Florida's big ticket contests are for governor.

"I think he made the effort to reach out to real folks", Thompson said. And in DeSantis, a stark example of a Republican slobbering over Trump, they have a guy perfectly cast to be the villain in their narrative.