Backed candidate's 'monkey' comment draws fire in Florida race

Andrew Gillum, Ron DeSantis win primaries for Florida gubernatorial race

Florida, Florida Florida - the governor's race just became the hottest race to watch this fall. He endorsed Gillum and delivered a shot of positive publicity by holding two rallies for him 11 days before the primary.

In an interview Wednesday on MSNBC, Michael Steele said he would not give the benefit of the doubt to Mr. DeSantis, who won the Republican primary Tuesday with President Trump's support, for using the phrase "monkey this up" about the Democratic victor Andrew Gillum, who is black.

Both nominees won by activating their base. "And you've got to appeal to them". And it's all taking place in the swingiest of swing states. Wow. His entire campaign so far has been about genuflecting to Trump and bashing immigrants. Florida, as in so many other elections, may very well tell us. One of his biggest campaign ads included him teaching his son about "building the wall" even though Florida doesn't share a land border with Mexico or any other nation.

Gillum pulled off an upset victory over better-funded Democrats in Tuesday's primary while running on a strongly liberal agenda, including Medicare for all and a $15 minimum wage.

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Gillum and allies spent just $2.5 million, according to NBC News.

It's a lesson that a clear message matters, as does political energy.

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. "I think our total spending may have been six". It should be pointed out that Republicans turned out in greater numbers for their gubernatorial primary. She'll face off with the victor of a seven-way Democratic primary in November.

A spokeswoman for Fox News reached out to CNN early Wednesday afternoon to distance the network from DeSantis' remark, pointing to a statement made by anchor Sandra Smith on air in which she said, "We do not condone this language and wanted to make our viewers aware that he has since clarified his statement". Trump says Gillum is a "failed Socialist.who has allowed crime & many other problems to flourish in his city". But he still has some work ahead for that to happen. His Republican challenger, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, received 36.6-percent.

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McSally will face Democrat Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in this fall's election. It will be a negative campaign. He often said he was the only candidate in the race who wasn't a millionaire or billionaire, and won the endorsement of Vermont Sen.

The race has already taken a turn towards the nasty. Former Rep. Gwen Graham, whose father, Bob Graham, served as governor, had been hoping to position herself to become the state's first female governor. It's a storyline we've been watching all primary season. In the recent past, the party has won victories in the South by nominating so-called "blue dog" centrists.

Will this new approach win competitive races for Democratic candidates around the country?

The story is not the same on the Republican side.

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At the White House, Mr Trump told reporters he had not heard about Mr DeSantis's comments, and praised the Republican candidate as "extraordinary". That is quite the contrast with Democrats.

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