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Andrew Gillum, Ron DeSantis win primaries for Florida gubernatorial race

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, upset victor of Florida's Democratic gubernatorial primary, says his Republican opponent Ron DeSantis is taking a page from President Trump's political playbook.

Trump has lavishly praised DeSantis, one of his most reliable TV defenders, and slammed Gillum as "a failed Socialist Mayor".

The Gillum campaign pointed to this statement when asked for a response. Not misogynist, not racist, not bigots, they're going to be looking for a governor who is going to appeal to our higher aspirations as a state, "Gillum said". Ron DeSantis, who ran with President Donald Trump's endorsement. He continued, "That is not going to work, that's not going to be good for Florida".

It will be up to the people of Florida to decide if they want democratic socialists policies or DeSantis, a candidate who has fully embraced Trump's agenda.

Brown said she thinks Gillum can once again overcome a better-funded rival in the general election as he did in the primary, "but also we'll have the support of the Democratic Party".

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".

DeSantis built his successful primary campaign by appearing on Fox News dozens of times, eventually drawing the crucial support of President Donald Trump.

Gillum spent the least of the five major candidates in his primary race and had the smallest television presence. However, lobbyist Adam Corey, who appears to be at the center of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was a longtime Gillum friend and ally until Gillum cut ties with him previous year, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

A replacement for the other senator from Arizona, the late John McCain, is to be named in the next few days by the southwestern state's Republican governor and will be up for election in 2020.

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If elected, Gillum would be Florida's first black governor.

Republican establishment favourite US Representative Martha McSally has led consistently in opinion polls over former state Senator Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a three-way battle to prove which candidate is most loyal to Trump, who won Arizona by 4 percentage points in 2016. "I don't think there's any other way to interpret it".

Election night in Florida brought a surprise for Democrats, setting up a race that pits a Bernie Sanders progressive against a Trump-backed Republican in the governor's race.

"With one tweet, that kind of put me on the map", DeSantis said.

DeSantis first won a northeastern Florida seat in Congress in 2012.

Among those on the GOP Senate ballot in the state was former state Sen. He entered the race a month after Trump's December tweet that he would make "a GREAT governor". If he needs POTUS to campaign for him in Florida this fall, it's a cinch that Trump will do it.

Gillum, meanwhile, relied on a grassroots campaign in the big-money Democratic primary. After holding the post for ten years, he was elected mayor of the city in 2014.

Graham supporters at her concession speech at The Social in Orlando cheered when she said Gillum's name, which Smith also took as a positive sign going forward. Republican Congressman, Ron DeSantis, earned the nod to oppose Gillum in the governor's race.

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