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

Kelli Ward speaks at a campaign rally Oct. 17 2017 in Scottsdale Ariz

Ross D. Franklin APArizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward speaks at a campaign rally Oct. 17 2017 in Scottsdale Ariz

Gillum's victory on Tuesday was an unexpected one given he had lagged in most of the polling leading up to Tuesday's contest but outperformed the Real Clear Politics' polling average for the Democratic gubernatorial primary by a almost 3-to-1 margin.

Gillum's victory sets up a historic opportunity for there to be three sitting African American Governors in the USA for the first time in history.

Throughout the primary election cycle, the polls showed Gillum trailing the presumed front-runners, North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham and former Miami Beach Mayor.

In an appearance on MSNBC's "Meet the Press Daily", Gillum told host Chuck Todd that the voters of Florida are "better than this". Jeff Flake hit back at President Donald Trump over what the Arizona Republican said is a misrepresentation of his support for GOP Rep. Martha McSally's Senate bid.

A favorite of gun control advocates and progressives, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is the Sunshine State's Democratic contender for the next governor of Florida.

"I join the Tampa Bay Times to make a clarification".

"It has zero to do with race", DeSantis said.

Democrats pounced on the phrasing, with Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo calling it "disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles".

His campaign put out a statement saying, "Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses..."

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"I think it's really sad to make those assumptions about a phrase like that", answered MacCallum.

"I actually believe that Florida and its rich diversity are going to be looking for a governor who's going to bring us together, not divide us".

Overall crime was down in Tallahassee previous year but the city saw a spike in homicides.

DeSantis also came out fighting, criticizing Gillum as "way, way, way too liberal for the state of Florida".

Mr DeSantis won his primary by touting his closeness to Mr Trump.

Gillum scored a surprise victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary for one the United States' most competitive races for governor.

If elected, Gillum promised to work for universal health care and "common sense" gun laws in a state where there has been a spate of mass shootings. And city hall itself has been under investigation by the FBI for corruption, although Gillum has said he is not a target of the investigation. Gillum ran on several progressive policies, including gun reform, LGBTQ rights and universal healthcare.

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.

Just hours after Gillum won his primary, Trump went on Twitter to call him "a failed Socialist Mayor" and point out the crime rate in the city Gillum leads, Tallahassee.

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