Florida candidate makes 'monkey' comment about black opponent

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Florida is the country's third most populous state after California and Texas and will be a decisive vote in the next presidential election, where the USA president won by just one percentage point in 2016.

The poll was commissioned by EDGE Communications, the politial consulting firm of Christian Ulvert, the former senior consultant for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine, who lost to Gillum Tuesday.

Asked if he's afraid of President Donald Trump's support for DeSantis, Gillum told CNN that his race is about uniting the state. Democrats hope to reclaim the governor's mansion after decades of GOP control. WFSU's Lynn Hatter has more. "This significant investment will help Mayor Andrew Gillum build off his inspiring primary victory and continue spreading his positive message across Florida".

GILLUM: One, one, one (laughter).

Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis' win in the primary election has been upstaged by a statement he made which many view as insensitive and racist. Bernie Sander, I-Vt. And he favors raising the corporate tax rate to pay for increased education funding.

JAMIE GRAVES: Not a lot of people really believed in him.

"I want to thank him for his support, for entrusting me - viewing me as someone who could be a great leader for Florida".

Gillum is the mayor of Tallahassee.

A probe into city government contracting in the Capitol has been underway since 2015.




Gillum also told Fox News he has no intention of moving further to the center after winning the primary as the most liberal candidate on the ballot. I've had not a smirch on my name until I chose to run for governor, and now it is I'm supposed to prove that I am somehow not under investigation. She'll face off with the victor of a seven-way Democratic primary in November. But he did get a financial assist from Democratic funders George Soros and Tom Steyer.

The new approach - being taken by Gillum and also Abrams in Georgia and some Democrats in other states - eschews moderation and emphasizes advocacy of strongly progressive positions. He was elected mayor in 2014.

Did crime "flourish" or grow in Tallahassee under Gillum's leadership?

HATTER: The same year, he addressed the Democratic National Convention.

Gillum's Republican opponent couldn't be more different.

WILLIAM MARCH: Andrew Gillum's win to me is very surprising.

This morning, DeSantis spoke to Fox News and said Floridians should not "monkey it up" and vote for what he called Gillum's "socialist agenda".

According to the story by Steve Stewart, FBI agents posing as developers made payments to Andrew Gillum's brother, Marcus Gillum, as part of an effort to show they were seeking business with the city of Tallahassee.

White said DeSantis is not a good choice for Florida governor because the state has had single party rule for over two decades.

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