Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Backed DeSantis Easily Secures GOP Governor Nod in Florida

Primary day in Florida and Arizona [UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT] Ron DeSantis Rides Trump Coattails To Victory In Florida Primary For Governor
Johnnie Parks | 29 August, 2018, 11:13

Florida also will host one of the country's top US Senate races between term-limited Republican Governor Rick Scott, who won the Senate nomination against token opposition, and incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson.

"(Gillum) wants to abolish ICE; he wants a billion-dollar tax increase; he wants a single payer health care system in Florida, which would bankrupt the state.

Florida is a closed primary state, meaning voters must affiliate with a political party to vote in that party's primary elections.

Gillum seemed to gain momentum in the final weeks of the campaign, touring the state by bus and winning over voters in a crowded field that included Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene and Orlando-area businessman Chris King. Check back here for updates.

Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis has won the state's Republican nomination for governor, getting a boost by President Trump in his primary over establishment-backed Adam Putnam, the state's agriculture commissioner. Bernie Sanders, who endorsed and campaigned for Gillum in Florida earlier this month.

Sanders tweeted his congratulations, saying, "Tonight, Floridians joined Andrew in standing up and demanding real change and showed our nation what is possible when we stand together". "Now, it is New York's turn".

The congressman didn't wait to lob attacks against the progressive candidate, calling him "the most liberal candidate" the Democratic Party has ever nominated in the governor race the state of Florida.

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"No one person can take on the economic and political elites on their own", Sanders said in a statement after the race was called. McSally's district in particular is expected to be one of the most competitive House races in November's general election.

"DeSantis will face off in November against the victor of Tuesday's Democratic gubernatorial primary".

Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum casts his vote, with daughter Caroline, 4, by his side at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church polling location, August 28, 2018, Tallahassee, Fla.

Putnam had always been considered the favorite to win the GOP primary with state party backing and big donations from the biggest corporate entities in the state, including supermarket chain Publix, U.S. Sugar, Florida Power & Light and Disney.

In November, Florida might have the highest turnout in a midterm election since the 1950s, according to McDonald.

Levine also expressed support for Gillum in a tweet Tuesday night.

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