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However, the Republican's spokesman, Stephen Lawson, defended the remark, saying Mr DeSantis was referring to his opponent's political positions and not his race. "This is the Florida that I know, this is the Florida that we all love, and we've dedicated ourselves to serve".

If he wins the November 6 election, he would be the first black governor in the country's most populous swing state. President Donald Trump endorsed DeSantis several times. That's not going to work, that's not going to be good for Florida.

"Tonight as the mayor of Florida's capital city, I humbly accept the Democratic nomination", Gillum said to watch-party attendees last night as they chanted "Bring it home!" "That was absolutely a racist, disgusting statement". The amount of money that's going to be spent in this state by November will probably be staggering. "To characterize it as anything else is absurd", the rep said, NBC News reported. In the Florida win, Dinkins saw an indication that another WFP-backed candidate, Cynthia Nixon, can upset New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in that state's September 13 Democratic primary.

Gillum, 39, was a favorite among Democrats who call themselves progressives and earned the endorsement of former Vermont Sen.

Now that is what you call a future governor - and maybe president.

At the White House, Trump told reporters he had not heard about DeSantis' comments, and praised the Republican candidate as "extraordinary".

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

"Congressman Ron DeSantis is a special person who has done an incredible job", Trump tweeted Monday. Scott had an easy win in Tuesday's Republican Party primary, and now he heads into an increasingly bitter - and expensive - showdown with Nelson that could play a decisive role in which party controls the Senate. He also ran for Senate in 2016 but dropped out when Republican Sen. Marco Rubio shut down his presidential campaign and ran for re-election.

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"He will be a great Senator", Trump tweeted of Scott.

Florida voters now face one of the starkest choices of the 2018 election season that will see plenty of stark choices in plenty of states. He quickly spent $37 million from his own wealth for television ads, a move that cut into voters supporting Levine, and again gave Graham her front-runner status.

Orlando-area businessman Chris King also showed up on the ballot as a Democratic gubernatorial candidate and focused his campaign on progressive values.

A victory would mark a change in fortunes for Florida Democrats, who have not held the governor's office for 20 years, and have lost close races after nominating moderates who failed to generate enough enthusiasm, particularly among key minority voters. He was elected mayor in 2014. And unanswered questions over an FBI investigation into Tallahassee's community redevelopment agency shadowed his campaign.

DeSantis is pro-gun, and anti-tax; Gillum boasts about beating the National Rifle Association in a lawsuit and is calling for an increase in corporate taxes.

He relied on a grassroots campaign and the support of the furthest left in the party to beat four other candidates, including former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, the daughter of popular former governor and U.S. Sen.

But not Putnam, whose plans to become Florida's next governor have been decades in the making.

"I think he used the word socialist today on Twitter".