Democratic nominee for Florida governor Andrew Gillum isn't anxious about the possible influence President Donald Trump will have on his race against Republican Ron DeSantis in the general election this November. 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.
But many conservatives aren't happy with McSally, who was viewed as the DC insiders' pick during the primary. Bottom line: Trump candidates dominated the GOP primaries.
Gillum is a devout progressive. Abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency versus build the wall. He favors the "Medicare for all" plan advanced by Sen. "He knows what he's saying, I'm not giving him a pass and I don't think anyone should", she said. Meanwhile, DeSantis will test Trump's grip on a crucial state he won in 2016 and wants to keep in his column in 2020. Steyer has called for Trump's impeachment, and Gillum agrees.
DeSantis rode Trump's endorsement to victory in the GOP race, underscoring the president's broad appeal in Republican primaries.
Andrew Gillum with his wife as he addressed supporters after winning the Democratic primary for governor in Florida on Tuesday. Gillum is the party's third black gubernatorial nominee this year, along with Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Ben Jealous in Maryland.
Also in the mix are Matt Salmon, 60, who served two terms in the Arizona state Senate before two stints in the U.S. House of Representatives; and Karrin Taylor Robson, a business leader and lawyer who founded her own land-use company. According to Gillum and his media adjunct, DeSantis had taken up a "full bullhorn" (no dog whistle this time) appealing to the racism of Florida voters.
The former Air Force fighter pilot will now face off against Democrat Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema in the midterms, who won her primary race in a landslide after clinching 80-percent of the vote. "My gut feeling is that Democrat enthusiasm is high, and Democrats are going to outperform what they usually do".
We'll have to wait for the November 6 midterm elections to find out. The results represented a major turnaround from mid-June, when a Fox News poll showed Putnam up by 15 percentage points.