Friday, 21 September, 2018

Andrew Gillum: His victory and the road ahead

Andrew Gillum supporters Richard Lopez and Mara Cooper watch the screen as election results come in showing their candidate winning the Democratic primary for governor on Tuesday Aug. 28 2018 in Tallahassee Fla Andrew Gillum to face Ron DeSantis in Florida governor race
Becky Salazar | 30 August, 2018, 17:05

Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who joined him on the campaign trail.

Republicans picked the candidate backed by the party establishment and seen by analysts as the GOP's best chance at holding the open seat in what is shaping up to be a hard election for the party. Sometimes Democrats have, too.

"During the interview, he made what some are calling an inappropriate comment about his Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum", host Sandra Smith said after DeSantis had left the show.

News media outlets such as The Hill and CNN framed the comment as racial, given that DeSantis's Democrat opponent, Andrew Gillum, is black. Outgoing Senator Jeff Flake in recent months had morphed into a critic of President Donald Trump, triggering a contest in which all three candidates did the opposite, trying their best to align to the president - who stayed out of endorsing any of them.

"We are going to make sure that we at the state level can do whatever we can to keep the kids safe", said DeSantis. Gillum, a far-left Democrat seeking to become the state's first black governor, and DeSantis, a Trump-endorsed Republican, are political opposites, both seeking to gin up turnout among the party's most ardent supporters.

"This race is about every single one of us", Gillum said in his victory speech Tuesday night.

"Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace" Gillum's policies, Lawson said in a statement. "Ron DeSantis voted for Trump's tax giveaway to the wealthy, supported Trump's plan to take away health care from millions of Floridians, and seems more interested in defending Trump from a Washington television studio than improving the lives of Florida families".

Other contenders for McCain's seat include Kirk Adams, 45, the governor's chief of staff and a one-time candidate for Congress; Arizona state Treasurer Eileen Klein who oversaw the state's university system; and former U.S. Representative John Shadegg, 68, who served 16 years as a member of Congress from northern Phoenix.

Following Tuesday's primary, the two parties are looking to their most fervent supporters - progressive Democrats and Republican conservatives - for victory in the November 6 election. Loves our Military and our Vets. McSally will face U.S. Rep. Krysten Sinema, D-Ariz., in the November election as they seek the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Has my total and complete Endorsement! Suddenly, he was considered the favorite over Putnam, who raised more money, campaigned longer, built support among the party establishment and ran a traditional grassroots campaign. She'll oppose Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a moderate who was expected to win the Democratic nomination and did.

In Oklahoma, Kevin Sitt won a runoff against former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett in the GOP primary to replace unpopular, outgoing Republican Gov. Mary Fallin.

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