Racism quickly becomes an issue in Florida governor's race


Jones upset the Trump-backed Roy Moore in that race, a Republican who was accused of sexual abuse. Sometimes Democrats have, too.

His comments brought a swift rebuke from Terrie Rizzo, chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party, who said they were racially tinged.

"That's what the political revolution is all about and Andrew Gillum is helping to lead it".

Later on Wednesday, Gillum responded by saying that DeSantis was going "down to the gutter", that his comment was a "bullhorn" rather than a "whistle call", and that it was "directly from the campaign manual of Donald Trump".

"We're going to keep fighting for the next seventy days to make sure we win this seat for Arizona, and for the country, because there is so much at stake", said McSally.

Stephen Lawson, a DeSantis spokesman, later said that such characterizations were "absurd". Gillum was the only nonmillionaire in the five-candidate race.

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

Trump surprised Florida Republicans late previous year with his endorsement of DeSantis, and frequently tweeted about the lawmaker, one of his staunchest supporters in Washington.

"The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda", DeSantis said.

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McSally defeated two hardline conservative candidates: former state Sen.

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.

McSally wasted no time taking on her Democratic opponent, calling the race "a choice between a doer and a talker, between a patriot and a protester".

Trump on Wednesday tweeted out that not only did DeSantis win, but that "his opponent in November is his biggest dream". Loves our Military and our Vets.

Ducey's win came one day after President Trump announced his "full and complete" endorsement for him and declared he is doing a great job - notably with ensuring national security.

Gillum beat rival Gwen Graham by more than 68,000 votes in Democratic-heavy Southeast Florida, fueling his 45,000 vote victory.

Lea Marquez Peterson won a four-way primary to become the Republican nominee for a congressional district seat being vacated by Arizona Rep. Martha McSally. 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.

"Arizona voters shattered a lavender ceiling in selecting Kyrsten Sinema as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate - and it puts her on-track to be just the second openly LGBTQ U.S. Senator in American history", said Victory Fund President and CEO Annise Parker.