He often said he was the only candidate in the race who wasn't a millionaire or billionaire.
- Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) August 29, 2018To say that @AndrewGillum - Florida's first #AfricanAmerican nominee for governor - got where he did bc he "performed" better and that electing him would "monkey this up" is dogwhistle racism and defines the @GOP in the age of @realDonaldTrump - #Florida must & will reject this! "He wants to make Florida Venezuela", DeSantis said, adding that Gillum's tenure as mayor has been "absolutely disastrous".
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.
Gillum was the only Democrat in the governor's race to call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. But Gillum still has room to grow: The turnout rate in Miami-Dade, a crucial Democratic area, was the highest in at least a decade - higher than the 2016 primary, and Gillum was not very well known in that part of the state before last night and faced a more crowded primary than DeSantis.
Florida's race for Governor Rick Scott's seat has been framed as a referendum on Trumpism versus progressivism-with DeSantis representing the former, and Gillum the latter.
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"Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses", said a spokesperson for the candidate.
Rep. Martha McSally (R., Ariz.) embraced Trump on the campaign trail to win the Arizona U.S. Senate Republican primary and easily beat challengers from the hard right who had engendered considerable controversy: Sheriff Joe Arpaio and State Senator Kelli Ward.
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But, Judy, I think this is resonating today.
Up and down the ballot, female candidates in both parties continued to dominate key races in a year with record numbers of women seeking office. The super PAC was responsible for attacks on Graham that labeled her as too much like a Republican to be acceptable to Democrats.
Gillum was backed by progressives including U.S. Sen. Nixon agreed, tweeting that: "Andrew Gillum just won his primary for governor of Florida!"
Florida's Democratic party leaders were swift to condemn the remark.
Florida is the country's third most populous state after California and Texas and will be a decisive vote in the next presidential election, where the USA president won by just one percentage point in 2016.