Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Trump slams Democratic primary victor as a 'failed Socialist Mayor'

Andrew Gillum supporters Richard Lopez and Mara Cooper watch the screen as election results come in showing their candidate winning the Democratic primary for governor on Tuesday Aug. 28 2018 in Tallahassee Fla Andrew Gillum to face Ron DeSantis in Florida governor race
Delia Stanley | 30 August, 2018, 15:31

She also controversially said Tuesday night that the race was a contest "between a patriot and a protester".

Florida's Democratic nominee for governor says the state is looking for a leader who will bring people together, "not misogynist, not racist, not bigots".

Gillum has aligned with the left of his party on federal issues including Medicare for All, which would provide the federal health care plan to everyone.

Republican Ron DeSantis, who is backed by President Donald Trump, made the comment while appearing on Fox and Friends.

Also in Tuesday's primary, Republicans nominated Gov. Doug Ducey for a second term and Democrats selected education professor David Garcia to challenge him. He was first elected to the Tallahassee City Commission at age 23, just months after he graduated from Florida A&M University.

The results represented a major turnaround from mid-June, when a Fox News poll showed Putnam up by 15 percentage points.

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. "I think our total spending may have been six".

The race for governor will be closely watched as an indicator ahead of 2020, when Mr Trump could be seeking re-election against a liberal Democratic candidate.

The 39-year-old son of a bus driver highlighted the power of his historic candidacy to rouse younger and more racially diverse voters who often sit out midterm elections. "That's not going to be good for Florida".

But with the help of an enthusiastic progressive base and endorsements from national figures such as Sen. "To characterize it as anything else is absurd", Stephen Lawson, communications director for the DeSantis campaign, said in response to the backlash.

Democrats will likely use a comment by DeSantis Wednesday that some call racist.

Interviewed on Fox News, DeSantis said, "The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases", after calling Gillum "an articulate" spokesman for far-left views.

"We are going to make sure that we at the state level can do whatever we can to keep the kids safe", said DeSantis. "And he's a charismatic candidate", DeSantis said of Gillum on Wednesday morning.

"Let's not forget that this is the candidate that #45 endorsed", she wrote, referring to Trump being the 45th president. He called Gillum a "failed socialist mayor" who has "allowed crime and many other problems to flourish in the city".

More than 3.5 million people voted out of 13 million registered voters in the state for a turnout rate of 27 per cent, the highest for a non-presidential Florida primary since 2002.

Former Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick won the Democratic nomination for McSally's congressional seat in the suburbs around Tucson.

Tuesday's primary election came as the Grand Canyon State mourned the loss of former Senator John McCain.

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