Twitter drags Trump-backed Florida candidate for racist comment

Twitter drags Trump-backed Florida candidate for racist comment

Twitter drags Trump-backed Florida candidate for racist comment

DeSantis could have chosen his words better, Scott said, but he doesn't believe the Republican candidate meant anything racist by the comment.

"If you rely on 2016 polling techniques to predict races, you're going to lose", says Pat Reilly, Co-founder of Change Research, the firm the Gillum campaign relied on for its internal surveys.

"I want to thank him for his support, for entrusting me - viewing me as someone who could be a great leader for Florida".

This is a dishonest rendering of what DeSantis said.

A replacement for the other senator from Arizona, the late John McCain, is to be named in the next few days by the southwestern state's Republican governor and will be up for election in 2020.

The Democratic and Republican Governors Associations are investing heavily in Andrew Gillum.

On the Democrat side, progressive Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum rode Sanders' endorsement to an upset win over a crowded field.

The chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party, Terrie Rizzo, tweeted that it's "disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles". "He thinks that in today's day and age Florida's voters are going to respond to that level of division".

To be sure, the Florida primary has gotten a lot of attention because of the nominations of DeSantis and Gillum. "I'm going to be here to do the business of the people of the state of Florida".

It was a Trump rally on July 31 in Tampa, which happens to be the state's largest media market, that helped propel DeSantis, a three-term congressman from Ponte Vedra Beach, past Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the primary.

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According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Report, Leon County did see a spike in murders in 2017 reaching a record high of 22, but nearly every other number was lower.

McSally was beating former state Sen. Orlando-area businessman Chris King also ran, and finished last.

Gillum, a graduate of Florida A&M University, is viewed as the continuation of a progressive surge and a shift away from the establishment also seen in the victory shocking victory of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez over longtime Conrgressman Joe Crowley in a primary for his New York House seat. He's a gifted public speaker who did well in debates, often receiving the most applause, but the FBI is investigating Tallahassee city hall for alleged corruption. He was elected mayor in 2014.

Gillum is seeking to become Florida's first black governor.

Gillum is the first African-American nominee for Governor in Florida's history.

Their policy differences are pronounced: DeSantis is pro-gun, and anti-tax; Gillum boasts about beating gun rights groups in a lawsuit and is calling for an increase in corporate taxes.

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.

No, really. He actually said it.

What are other people saying?

As Gillum put it today, "In the handbook of Donald Trump, they no longer do whistle calls".

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