Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum Wins Democratic Nomination for Florida Governor

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DeSantis said the Bernie Sanders- and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-endorsed Gillum would make Florida take a "turn to left-wing socialist policies that will absolutely devastate this state".

"Also, Mayor Gillum will be on with Shepard Smith today at 3:00 p.m". Thompson said he the term was obviously racist.

Only hours after their primary election victories, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis made clear the high-profile race in the nation's largest political battleground state was going to be nasty and racially charged.

Their message comes a day after DeSantis' controversial words were used to discuss Gillum's policies during a live television interview on Fox News.

"I think the Florida electorate is going to reject the politics of division", Gillum said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Pre-primary polls indicated that Graham had the best shot at defeating the Trump-endorsed Republican nominee Ron Desantis, but a recent survey conducted by the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling, conducted immediately following the primary vote on August 29-30, indicates that Gillum now has a large lead over DeSantis if the election was to take place today.

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THEN when President Trump attacked him on Twitter, in a bid to make the opposing GOP candidate look good, Gillum clapped back at him so fast, social media immediately broke out in applause (and with several cackles).

"We need to silence the dog whistle, and don't say we don't hear it, because many of us have heard it so many times before", Willis said.

DeSantis spokesman Stephen Lawson rejected any racial overtones.

DeSantis came from behind with the help of Trump to beat Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who campaigned longer, raised more money and built party establishment support. 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 two candidates, who are seeking to succeed Republican Gov. Rick Scott, couldn't be more opposed politically. And it's a contrast to the staid, centrist Nelson and Gwen Graham, Gillum's top primary rival.

Gillum, who has called for Trump's impeachment, is the first African-American to win Florida's Democratic nomination for governor and his surprise win came against better-funded, more mainstream opponents. "Especially growing up for them in the age of Donald Trump".

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