In the biggest surprise of Tuesday evening's primaries, Gwen Graham, the frontrunner to become the Democratic nominee for Florida's governor, lost out to the more progressive challenger Andrew Gillum.
"It has zero to do with race", DeSantis said. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisGillum wins stunner and other takeaways from Arizona, Florida Sanders congratulates Gillum after Florida primary win Sanders-backed Andrew Gillum wins major upset in Florida Dem gov primary MORE (R-Fla.) for the governor's mansion - now held by Gov. Rick Scott (R) - in the fall.
Gillum was a 23-year-old Florida A&M student when he became the youngest person elected to the Tallahassee City Commission in 2003.
DeSantis made the comment during a Wednesday interview on Fox News.
"Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses", said a spokesperson for the candidate. "He thinks that in today's day and age Florida's voters are going to respond to that level of division".
Besides Graham, Gillum turned back former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who poured $29 million of his personal wealth into the race and saturated the state with 30 different campaign ads. The super PAC was responsible for attacks on Graham that labeled her as too much like a Republican to be acceptable to Democrats. "He's an honest man and he's going to be the next governor of the state of Florida".
US Representative Ron DeSantis, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump who won his party's nomination on Tuesday, made the remarks on Fox News and immediately came under fire for their negative racial undertones.
It earned him coveted support from leading progressive activists - most notably U.S. Sen.
"There is not a profit margin in the state of Florida that ought to be able to rob us of those elements: clean water, clean air, good oceans", Gillum said.
The video shows clips of DeSantis praising Trump, each followed by clips of Trump saying or doing something that mocks DeSantis's statement. The Democratic Governors Association and other political groups also levied criticism. "To characterize it as anything else is absurd", Lawson said. Ron DeSantis injected this racist tone into his campaign because he is a Trump-style politician and Trump has proven that's the best way for Republicans to churn out voters given their unpopular agenda. He called Gillum a "failed socialist mayor" who has "allowed crime and many other problems to flourish in the city".
Gillum never tried to win over centrist Democrats in his quest for the gubernatorial nomination - defying the general political wisdom in the country's largest purple state.
Tallahassee has had one of the highest crime rates in the state the last few years, although it has been going down.
Gillum didn't make race an issue in the primary.