Published: Thu, August 30, 2018
Health Care | By Edgar Pierce

Bernie-Backed Progressive vs. Trump Loyalist Congressman in Florida

Bernie-Backed Progressive vs. Trump Loyalist Congressman in Florida

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"The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state", DeSantis said.

"We're going to make clear to the rest of the world that the dark days that we've been under coming out of Washington, that the derision and the division that have been coming out of our White House, that right here in the state of Florida that we are going to remind this nation of what is truly the American way", Gillum told his cheering supporters.

The race between U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum will be unlike any Florida has seen, between candidates who defied old-school political thinking and won, in an era when Trump inspires both sides of the political spectrum in different ways.

"I sincerely believe that what is going to deliver us to victory in November is the fact that there are everyday, hardworking people in the state who believe that they deserve a voice in our government too, and we're gonna give it to them", Gillum said.

The DeSantis campaign, however, said there were no racial undertones in his comments. "Florida's economy has been on the move for the last eight years and the last thing we need is a far-left democrat trying to stop our success".

Prominent Fox News host Sean Hannity and conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin both backed DeSantis and campaigned alongside him.

According to The New York Times, Graham was the front-runner of the race, making Gillum's upset even more significant. He will face Trump-endorsed Republican Ron DeSantis in November's general election, which forecasters have rated a toss-up.

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Trump has lavishly praised DeSantis, one of his most reliable TV defenders, and slammed Gillum as "a failed Socialist Mayor".

"This is not what Florida wants or needs!" the President said in tweets about primary races in Florida and Arizona on Tuesday night - sandwiched around Twitter jabs at Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama's Administration.

Fionna Beazzo stands with her mother Erin Beazzo as she fills out her primary day voting ballot next to Beverly Putzke at a polling station, August 28, 2018, in St. Augustine, Fla.

On Tuesday night, Gillum defied steep political odds, beating presumed frontrunner Gwen Graham, a former member of Congress and the daughter of a former governor and senator; former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine; and businessman Jeff Greene.

Rick Scott is vacating the governor's mansion to run for Senate. Across the vast state of Florida, it's important to be on TV to reach voters in the final days of the campaign.

After winning the Democratic nomination, Gillum thanked supporters who embraced "our plan for a state that makes room for all of us, not just the well-heeled and the well-connected, but all of us". Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent, and a generous cash infusion from George Soros and Tom Steyer.

Gillum's victory could further energize black voters in a year when Democrats are already counting on high turnout among minorities to buoy the party in the November election.

Forty-five percent of registered voters surveyed in The Economist/YouGov poll released Wednesday said they would vote for a Democrat in their district while 39 percent said they would vote for a Republican.

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