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Trump-endorsed Ron DeSantis to face Bernie-backed Andrew Gillum in Florida governor’s race

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Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Andrew Gillum is a far-left candidate. Like Ocasio-Cortez, Gillum was endorsed by the dreadful Senator Bernie Sanders, who has clearly taken control of the Democrat Party. Like Ocasio-Cortez in New York, Gillum was not expected to win the Democrat Party’s gubernatorial primary in Florida. Gillum’s win was called a huge upset by the media and political elites on Tuesday night. The elites are wrong. The Democrat Party is not transforming into a far-left party. The Democrat Party is already a far-left party. Andrew Gillum’s win on Tuesday night is just another example of its transformation. Gillum’s win should not have been a surprise to anyone. It would have been surprising if a centrist won their nomination, given the radical state of the Democrat Party.

Gillum’s opponent will be Rep. Ron DeSantis, who is an outstanding conservative candidate. However, DeSantis better have an offensive campaign. He better run aggressive attack ads against Gillum, since Gillum’s strategy will be for high voter turnout among millennials and other groups. If DeSantis dismisses Gillum and runs a prevent defense campaign, he may have quite a shock on November 6th. President Trump should be watching this election very closely, since Florida is critical to his re-election campaign.

“Trump-endorsed Ron DeSantis to face Bernie-backed Andrew Gillum in Florida governor’s race,” by Alex Pappas, Fox News, August 28, 2018:

President Trump’s favored candidate, GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis, defeated state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in Florida’s Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday after riding the wave of the president’s enthusiastic endorsement to victory.

Meanwhile, the Bernie Sanders-backed Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum pulled off a major upset in defeating a half a dozen rivals, including former Rep. Gwen Graham, in the Democratic primary.

DeSantis and Gillum will face each other in November’s general election. If he triumphs, Gillum would be the state’s first black governor.

During a celebration event in Orlando, DeSantis thanked the president for “viewing me as somebody who could be a great leader for Florida.”

“Our victory is a good victory, anyways,” DeSantis said, complimenting Putnam on a hard-fought race. “But man, to beat someone of his caliber is a big, big deal.”

The president repeatedly had implored voters to support DeSantis over Putnam. Trump offered his congratulations on Twitter.
FOX News projects that Rep. Ron DeSantis, who was endorsed by President Trump, will beat Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in Florida’s Republican gubernatorial primary. #Tucker

“Such a fantastic win for Ron DeSantis and the people of the Great State of Florida,” Trump tweeted. “Ron will be a fantastic Governor. On to November!”

Appearing on the “Ingraham Angle” later, DeSantis downplayed the notion that his win was due to the president’s backing, and touted his record on combatting environmental problems, illegal immigration, and education reform.

“We’ve been talking about these key issues time and time again and we’re going to continue to do that and spread the message far and wide,” he said.

Gillum, Tallahassee’s progressive mayor backed by the Democratic-socialist Sanders, shocked many analysts with his win, as Graham, the daughter of former Florida Governor and Sen. Bob Graham, led in pre-election polls.

“I’m truly honored to represent people across the state as the Democratic nominee — and I promise to stand up for everyday Floridians and the issues that matter most,” Gillum tweeted after his win.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist star running for New York’s 14th district, praised Gillum for staking out liberal positions by supporting Medicare for all, legalizing marijuana and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“The progressive movement is transforming the country – and he proved that again tonight,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted….

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