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Twitter drags Trump-backed Florida candidate for racist comment

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Johnnie Parks | 30 August, 2018, 15:30

A multitude of factors contributed to the win, which made Gillum the first black nominee for governor in Florida history.

She also controversially said Tuesday night that the race was a contest "between a patriot and a protester".

In an interview with Politico, Mr Gillum said Florida would be "looking for a governor that was going to bring us together, not divide us".

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. Sanders (I-VT) said of Gillum's victory. DeSantis sailed to victory in the Republican primary, defeating a longtime favorite of the GOP establishment with a campaign based largely around President Donald Trump. 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. I assume that Gillum has the African-American vote in his pocket and that, with the chance to elect an African-American governor and with a hot Senate race to vote in, Black turnout will be substantial with or without the outrage being feigned over DeSantis' comment.

The DeSantis Campaign put out a statement saying, "Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses..."

Facing off in the Democratic gubernatorial primary were former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, billionaire Jeff Greene, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Orlando-area businessman Chris King.

"I have been really slow to try to think on it because it's too big", he said.

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. The rise of the progressive movement and its ability to churn out voters who are not part of the narrow paradigm that D.C. consultants make millions perpetuating is perhaps the most important development in American politics post-Trump.

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They're seeking to succeed Gov. Rick Scott, who can't run for re-election because of term limits and is instead challenging Democratic U.S. Sen.

Detractors included Democratic lawmakers who have been DeSantis' colleagues in the House.

DeSantis spokesman Stephen Lawson rejected any racial overtones. On Twitter earlier on Wednesday, the president slammed Gillum as a "failed" mayor, without citing examples.

Florida (which also had primaries on Tuesday) and Arizona are both closely watched states, featuring growing minority populations that have bolstered Democratic candidates and Republican electorates that have grown older and more conservative.

Democrats have not won the Florida governor's mansion since 1994.

Tallahassee has had one of the Florida's highest crime rates in recent years though it has been going down.

Tuesday's primary election came as the Grand Canyon State mourned the loss of former Senator John McCain.

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