Gillum says he’s ‘not getting into the gutter’ on DeSantis’ ‘monkey’ comment

Andrew Gillum to face Ron DeSantis in Florida governor race

Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg praised Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) on Wednesday following his surprise victory in Florida's gubernatorial primary, saying that Gillum won due to his ability to capture the youth vote.

The strategy worked, and many voters say that's what convinced them to support DeSantis. "But I think he's got another thing coming to him if he thinks that, in today's day of age, Florida voters are going to respond to that level of derision and division".

It's a complete 180 from the man who helped propel Ron DeSantis to the Republican nomination: the president himself, whose policies DeSantis has fully embraced.

"Andrew Gillum has a very engaging personality and he is very clear and strong about his beliefs", said Christopher Daniels, professor of political science at Famu.

During his Fox interview, DeSantis said Gillum had outperformed other Democrats in the primary.

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.

DeSantis' comment sparked an immediate outcry and an apology from the Fox News host.

But that doesn't mean there's nothing in Gillum's past that his Republican opponent, U.S. Rep Ron DeSantis, will use.

And in a close race - Gillum finished with 34.3 percent of the vote to 31.3 percent for Graham in unofficial results - every one of the factors had to combine to produce the victory.

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The Republican candidates also distanced themselves from the ailing McCain, who died after most ballots had already been cast by early voters. "I'm going to be here to do the business of the people of the state of Florida".

On Tuesday evening, President Trump's endorsed candidate Ron DeSantis secured the Republican nomination in Florida's gubernatorial race.

It earned him coveted support from leading progressive activists - most notably U.S. Sen.

Ron DeSantis appeared on Fox News' America's Newsroom Wednesday morning following Gillum's unexpected primary victory.

DeSantis spokesman Stephen Lawson said the candidate was referring to Gillum's political positions, not his race.

"You really need to go, not so much to the right but to the middle", Batchelor said.

Graham seeks to become Florida's first female governor and to take the seat her father, Bob Graham, held from 1979 to 1987.

DeSantis also came out fighting, criticizing Gillum as "way, way, way too liberal for the state of Florida".

Florida Democrats accused DeSantis of deploying "racist dog whistles". He called Gillum a "failed socialist mayor" who has "allowed crime and many other problems to flourish in the city". Despite a recent decrease, Leon county's crime rate alluded to by Trump is still the highest in the state. Bill Nelson. Scott had an easy win in Tuesday's GOP primary, and now he heads into an increasingly bitter - and expensive - showdown with Nelson that could play a decisive role in which party controls the Senate.

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