Published: Thu, August 30, 2018
Medical | By Bryan Strickland

Ron DeSantis wins Florida GOP primary for governor

Ron DeSantis wins Florida GOP primary for governor

It's still unclear who will fill the veteran lawmaker's seat as his colleague Senator Jeff Flake is not seeking reelection.

Just hours after Andrew Gillum made history by being the first African-American gubernatorial nominee in Florida to win a major party's nomination allegations of racism were leveled at his opponent.

In nearly every way Gillum - the Democratic nominee for governor - and DeSantis - the GOP nominee for governor - are at opposite ends of the political spectrum.

DeSantis, the Republican candidate, sailed to victory with Fox News interviews, a late endorsement from President Trump, and an unabashed embrace of the language and imagery of Trump's White House. None of that is my cup of tea but he performed better than the other people there so we've got to work hard to make sure that we continue Florida going in a good direction.

The DeSantis campaign said it would be "absurd" to characterize his remarks as racist.

When asked how he plans to beat Gillum, DeSantis made a remark that didn't sit well with Florida's top Democrat. But Mr Trump won Arizona by fewer than five points in 2016, and the demographics of the state - which borders Mexico - are trending in favour of Democrats as more Latinos come of voting age.

"Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses", Lawson said.

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DeSantis easily won the Republican nomination for governor a day earlier.

Following Tuesday's primary, the two parties are looking to their most fervent supporters - progressive Democrats and Republican conservatives - for victory in the November 6 election.

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.

"I believe in Trump's policies and while I don't love the way he opens his mouth too much, sometimes saying things that are not quite appropriate, I do believe that in his heart he really means well".

President Trump wasted no time congratulating the 52-year-old congresswoman on her win in an early Wednesday morning tweet. Suddenly, he was considered the favorite over Putnam, who raised more money, campaigned longer, built support among the party establishment and ran a traditional grassroots campaign. Both candidates will try to lure Hispanic voters, though Republicans tend to court South Florida Cubans while Democrats typically reach out more to Central Florida Puerto Ricans. This November she'll face Republican Rep. Martha McSally. Gov. Doug Ducey will name McCain's replacement after the senator's funeral.

Now McSally will face Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, a fellow USA representative who easily won her primary, in the race to fill the seat being vacated by Senator Jeff Flake.

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