Primary election: Voters in Arizona and Florida pick candidates in big races

Primary election: Voters in Arizona and Florida pick candidates in big races

Primary election: Voters in Arizona and Florida pick candidates in big races

"The last thing we need to do is monkey this up by enacting a socialist agenda with huge tax increases".

"You know, he is an articulate spokesman for those far-left views and he's a charismatic candidate", "DeSantis told Fox News.

It was a Trump rally on July 31 in Tampa, which happens to be the state's largest media market, that helped propel DeSantis, a three-term congressman from Ponte Vedra Beach, past Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the primary.

Critics were quick to point out that DeSantis's comments could be taken as racist, since he was running against a black opponent, former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D).

Trump's tweet followed closely on the heels of a national television appearance by Gillum, in which he said he does not fear Trump's expected heavy involvement in the general election - and called for Trump's impeachment. We could not do it by ourselves exclusively here in the state of Florida because it would collapse the system.

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.

Gillum upset a field of five that included former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, who was hoping to become the state's first female governor and win the office once held by her father, Bob Graham.

On Tuesday night, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum stunned the political world by overcoming polls and conventional wisdom to win the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida.

GILLUM: I've been elected 15 years.

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

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

As outrage accumulated on Twitter, the DeSantis campaign released a statement, calling it "absurd" to characterize "monkey this up" as racist.

In an interview with Politico, Mr Gillum said Florida would be "looking for a governor that was going to bring us together, not divide us. I'm going to be here to do the business of the people of the state of Florida". "Donald Trump needs to condemn this".

DeSantis also came out fighting, criticizing Gillum as "way, way, way too liberal for the state of Florida". DeSantis contends that this anti-business attitude would undo the economic gains Florida made under Republican Gov. Rick Scott's leadership.

At the White House, Trump told reporters he had not heard about DeSantis' comments, and praised the Republican candidate as "extraordinary".

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