Donald Trump calls Andrew Gillum 'a failed Socialist Mayor'

Donald Trump calls Andrew Gillum 'a failed Socialist Mayor'

Florida's marquee governor's race has heated up with the Trump-backed Republican candidate saying the state should not "monkey this up" by electing his opponent, Democrat Andrew Gillum, who is African-American, in November.

Last night, riding on the back of an endorsement from President Donald Trump, Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis won his party's primary for governor.

"I want to thank him for entrusting me with, viewing me as somebody who could be a great leader for Florida, so thank you Mr. President", said DeSantis on stage. Meanwhile, Ward was endorsed by former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, and Arpaio noted his early support for Trump's presidential run. But his more moderate stance on immigration and his deciding vote past year against Trump's efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law turned off many GOP voters.

Gillum is a devout progressive. He campaigned on an unabashedly leftist platform of providing Medicare for All, abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency "in its current form", and reforming the bail system. "Not misogynist, not racist, not bigots", Gillum said on CNN on Wednesday morning.

Trump won Florida in the 2016 election over Hillary Clinton, and the swing state has consistently been a strong indicator of the direction of the country.

DeSantis based almost his entire primary run Trump and acknowledged his endorsement was the key.

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DeSantis has emphasized his conservative credentials and military career, but it was the support by Trump that turned the race around in his favor.

There is one other issue that is raised by Gillum's nomination, along with the nomination of Stacey Abrams in the race for governor of Georgia. For the first time, a woman will serve the state in the US Senate. They finally have their test case in Gillum, who is young, charismatic and unapologetically liberal. I wish white folks would stop staying this like it's some sort of special talent for Black people to be able to speak properly. "Trump is going all out for DeSantis because he gets 100 percent of his news from Fox, and he knows DeSantis has gone to bat for him, and he knows Florida is important", said Trump adviser Roger Stone.

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

The new approach - being taken by Gillum and also Abrams in Georgia and some Democrats in other states - eschews moderation and emphasizes advocacy of strongly progressive positions.

Gillum spent the least of the five major candidates in his primary race and had the smallest television presence. While her centrist approach and Blue Dog Democrat status may not appeal to the state's voters who are far to the left, her willingness to be bipartisan could curry favor among the state's large crop of independent voters.

Fox News addressed the remark a few hours later. He has more than 30 years experience as a pollster and political consultant.

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