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31 August, 2018, 21:59 | Author: Ted Wilson
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This victory was short-lived, however, as the very next morning DeSantis' campaign erupted in controversy over an ill-fated Fox News interview. Facing establishment-backed former Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.) in the primary, DeSantis was once considered the underdog, though Trump's endorsement this week helped change that.

A group of local pastors, including Rev. Joaquin Willi, left, speak out against GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis' "monkey this up" remarks concerning his Democratic party challenger Andrew Gillum.

And only hours into the general election, Gillum's Republican opponent is being criticized for making what some are calling racist remarks, telling Florida not to "monkey this up" by electing Gillum. State governors will play a key role in legislative reapportionments that emerge from the 2020 census. It included Rep. Gwen Graham, who is the daughter of former Florida governor and Sen.

On Tuesday night, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum stunned the political world by overcoming polls and conventional wisdom to win the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida.

Since first becoming public, Gillum has repeatedly said he has been told he is not a target of the investigation.

Gillum said he believes DeSantis was "playing a bit of the race card there", adding: "He can be better than that".

"I mean, he's got huge problems on how he has governed Tallahassee", said DeSantis on Fox News.

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Senate to 50, with Democrats controlling 49. "It was a lovely visit", Benedict recalled. "Farewell, fellow Americans. The six-term Republican senator and one-time GOP presidential nominee has been away from Washington since December.

Also in Florida, current governor Rick Scott won the Republican Senate nomination and is set to take on Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in November.

"We're going to be wildly successful at getting more black voters, brown voters, young voters, poor voters, working class white voters to get out and vote for us", Gillum said.

In favorability ratings, 45 percent of those surveyed said they have a favorable opinion of Gillum, and 27 percent an unfavorable opinion. "To characterize it as anything else is absurd", his spokesman Stephen Lawson said. The state capital has had one of Florida's highest crime rates in recent years, although it's been going down.

A defiant DeSantis said, on Thursday, during a radio interview that the flak he's received for saying those words Wednesday amounts to "silly P.C. stuff" and that he was not sending "some double-secret coded message" about Gillum, who is black.

He tweeted: "Such a fantastic win for Ron DeSantis and the people of the Great State of Florida".

"I don't think there's any Republican who is going to come out here and defend DeSantis's comments".

The gloves are already off. Mr. Trump called Gillum a "failed socialist" on Twitter Wednesday.

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