'Ron DeSantis is extraordinary!': Trump on Florida GOP candidate

'Ron DeSantis is extraordinary!': Trump on Florida GOP candidate

Mr. Steele went on to note, following a clip played from the Fox News interview in which Mr. DeSantis used the phrase, that the Republican candidate had used other racial dog whistles. He's, I think, staking his race on quite frankly, on following Trump's playbook".

DeSantis said Gillum was "articulate spokesman" for "far left views".

But while the Northeast Florida congressman will tap someone to serve as the lieutenant governor on his general-election ticket, don't expect him to abandon the political partner who has been an integral part of his success. Republicans plan to use an FBI investigation of Tallahassee's municipal government against Gillum, though he's not directly been named a subject.

Andrew Gillum's defeat of Gwen Graham for the Democratic nomination for governor was no surprise at all for his supporters in the progressive movement and African American communities.

With Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum winning the Democratic gubernatorial primary in an upset, the national GOP is moving quickly to try and define him for Florida voters. "So let's keep it going", DeSantis said. "DeSantis needs to immediately apologize and/or drop out of the race".

In the Florida gubernatorial primaries, both parties rejected centrist candidates Tuesday in favor of more polarizing figures. "That is not going to work".

DeSantis (R) made the comment earlier in the day on Fox News, and caused backlash because the remark was directed at Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D), who is black. "When they're talking to another individual they seem to be reluctant to say they're supporting Trump", DeHaven-Smith noted during a 2016 appearance on the WFSU show, "It's About Florida". Overall crime was down in Tallahassee a year ago but the city saw a spike in homicides. "To characterize it as anything else is absurd", Lawson said by email. Gillum would be the first black governor of Florida if elected. DeSantis contends that this anti-business attitude would undo the economic gains Florida made under Republican Gov. Rick Scott's leadership.

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

The American Ledger notes that DeSantis was one of 52 administrators and moderators of the group until Wednesday when he quit the group. President Donald Trump, also weighed in on the race by calling Gillum a "failed socialist mayor" on Twitter. Democrat Stacey Abrams won the party's nomination in Georgia in May.

Trump had mostly stayed out of the race but he endorsed the 52-year-old McSally on Wednesday, saying she was "strong on crime" and "the border".

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