DeSantis unfazed after liberal outrage mob claims his 'monkey' remark is racist

In a surprise upset in the Florida state primary Tuesday night, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum defeated a heavily favored frontrunner to claim the Democratic nomination for governor.

While Gillum-who is now the mayor of Tallahassee-lacked the institutional backing and huge personal wealth of his Democratic opponents, he overcame this cash deficit with a massive surge in voter turnout, which was attributed to his unwavering embrace of popular policies like Medicare for All and raising the minimum wage.

Gillum unsuccessfully ran to be the chair of the Florida Democratic Party in 2010.

Democratic nominee for Florida governor Andrew Gillum isn't anxious about the possible influence President Donald Trump will have on his race against Republican Ron DeSantis in the general election this November.

DeSantis beat out Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who had seemingly built up the run for governor his entire adult life after being elected to office as a 22-year-old.

Less than 12 hours after Andrew Gillum's primary win, Ron DeSantis referred to him as "articulate" and said Florida shouldn't "monkey up" the state.

"To characterize it as anything else is absurd", he said. "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", Lawson added.

Gillum, meanwhile, relied on a grassroots campaign in the big-money Democratic primary.

Ron DeSantis at a rally with Donald Trump.

Gillum will face Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis in November.

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"I changed my vote when Trump supported DeSantis", said the 67-year-old retiree from Pinellas County.

Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, was pressed by Fox News host Shepard Smith to say if he thought DeSantis' comments were explicitly racist.

During the interview, Gillum also said he "absolutely" believes Trump should be impeached. Earlier in the day, DeSantis' biggest endorser, President Trump, took to Twitter to attack Gillum's record as mayor of Tallahassee. Scott had an easy win in Tuesday's Republican Party primary, and now he heads into an increasingly bitter - and expensive - showdown with Nelson that could play a decisive role in which party controls the Senate.

And in a close race - Gillum finished with 34.3 percent of the vote to 31.3 percent for Graham in unofficial results - every one of the factors had to combine to produce the victory.

The governor's race, in a state sure to be a battleground in the 2020 presidential election, will essentially be a referendum on Trump. "He's an honest man and he's going to be the next governor of the state of Florida".

But not Putnam, whose plans to become Florida's next governor have been decades in the making.

"I am as impressed as anyone that my opponent owns over 100 pairs of shoes", McSally said in her victory speech Tuesday night. He also ran for Senate in 2016 but dropped out when Republican Sen.

Lisa Boothe agreed that DeSantis should publicly apologize and shift back to criticizing his opponent as a tax-and-spend Democrat endorsed by democratic socialists like Sen.

In Orange, Gillum trailed Graham in mail-in voting, which began in late July, but pulled ahead of her in early voting beginning August 16 and outpolled her on election day nearly 2 to 1.

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