Early this morning, Trump babbled, "Not only did Congressman Ron DeSantis easily win the Republican Primary, but his opponent in November is his biggest dream....a failed Socialist Mayor named Andrew Gillum who has allowed crime & many other problems to flourish in his city".
It's Election Day in Florida, and it looks like Rep. Ron DeSantis has handily beaten Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the Republican gubernatorial primary. An advocate for the impeachment of Donald Trump, Gillum's win is a massive victory for the liberal wing of the Democratic party.
In an interview on the network Wednesday afternoon, Gillum suggested that DeSantis was "taking a page directly from the campaign manual of Donald Trump".
Gillum was on a shortlist for Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick, according to one of John Podesta's stolen emails, but when he made a decision to run for governor Sen.
The President's intervention in the Florida Republican primary predates DeSantis entrance into the race. Trump has thrust himself into the forefront of the midterm campaign in hopes of motivating his supporters and offsetting Democratic enthusiasm. Jeff Flake - including establishment favorite Rep. Martha McSally - aligned themselves more with the president than the longtime senator.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey got his challenger Tuesday: Arizona State University education professor David Garcia. The truth is after 20 years of one-party rule, Florida simply can't afford another Republican governor.
The Florida contest came on the last big day of state nominating contests before the November 6 elections, when Democrats will try to pick up 23 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and two seats in the Senate to gain majorities and slam the brakes on Trump's legislative agenda.
Graham, the daughter of Bob Graham, a former Florida governor and United States senator, had led in polls heading into primary day, but Gillum surged in the late stages of the race. He often said he was the only candidate in the race who wasn't a millionaire or billionaire, and won the endorsement of Vermont Sen.
U.S. and Mexico reach trade agreement, discuss bringing in Canada
Trump understood the simple math that countries with which we have trade deficits would have to come to the negotiating table. The pact between Canada, the United States, and Mexico commits the three countries to open trade policies.
The governor's race, in a state sure to be a battleground in the 2020 presidential election, will essentially be a referendum on Trump.
The 55-year-old's primary rivals have poked holes in her congressional voting record and criticized her for being too conservative and not progressive enough to be the Democratic nominee. Bill Nelson that is expected to be one of the nation's most competitive races.
The NAACP Florida State Conference responded to DeSantis, calling comparisons to monkeys "by far the best-known racist references to African Americans in our national folklore".
Among independents, 32 percent said they would vote for a Democrat, while 33 percent said they would vote for a Republican. Putnam, a former state and federal lawmaker, enjoyed seven months of formal campaigning and fundraising before DeSantis' entrance into the race.
Ward apologized Monday, saying she was bemoaning media coverage rather than the family's announcement.
"I think it's what Florida's been needing", said supporter Lauren Durchslag, 34, of Orlando.
Also running for the Senate nomination was former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the controversial immigration hardliner.