Michael Steele rips Ron DeSantis over Andrew Gillum 'monkey this up' remark

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A multitude of factors contributed to the win, which made Gillum the first black nominee for governor in Florida history.

A conservative political scientist says a Republican defeat in the Arizona Senate race is unlikely. None of that is my cup of tea, but he performed better than the other people there so we've got to work hard to make sure that we continue Florida going in a good direction. "It's very clear that Mr. DeSantis is taking a page directly from the campaign manual of Donald Trump", Andrew Gillum said on Fox News on Wednesday afternoon, hours after DeSantis made the monkey comment on the same cable news network.

There is one other issue that is raised by Gillum's nomination, along with the nomination of Stacey Abrams in the race for governor of Georgia. He was first elected to the Tallahassee City Commission at age 23, just months after he graduated from Florida A&M University.

More likely, though, this ridiculous incident will blow over and the media will have to find some other "gotcha" with which to try and bring down DeSantis.

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

But that doesn't mean there's nothing in Gillum's past that his Republican opponent, U.S. Rep Ron DeSantis, will use.

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While both parties saw record turnout, with more than 1.4 million Democrats voting and nearly 1.6 million Republicans, nearly 27 percent of registered voters in Florida are independent.

DeSantis came from behind with the help of Trump to beat Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who campaigned longer, raised more money and built party establishment support.

Gillum ran with the enthusiastic support of Bernie Sanders, as well as funding from prominent left-wing Democrats George Soros and Tom Steyer.

Trump posted on Twitter a full-throttled endorsement for her candidacy on Wednesday morning and claimed sweeping wins for his "Make America Great Again" agenda.

Democrats are now criticizing DeSantis' remarks as being racist.

President Donald Trump wasted little time in attacking Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who has won Florida's Democratic gubernatorial primary in a stunning upset.

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Stephen Lawson, communications director for the DeSantis campaign, said it was "absurd" to call DeSantis' comments racist.

"Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis are both scraping from the bottom of the barrel", he said on CNN. Gillum called them "beneath the intelligence of Floridians".

Gillum won every county with a major city in Florida except for St. Petersburg and Pinellas County, including huge margins in Jacksonville and victories in what was considered Levine's home base of Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

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

Those primary races Tuesday set up a fierce fall showdown in the nation's largest political battleground.

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