Backed candidate's 'monkey' comment draws fire in Florida race

Backed candidate's 'monkey' comment draws fire in Florida race

I think that's an unfair standard.

Ms. Abrams and Mr.

DeSantis, who has the backing of President Trump, and Gillum emerged victorious in their respective gubernatorial primaries on Tuesday. The Florida Democrat was supported by democratic socialist Sen.

"I know that socialism won't work in Florida", DeSantis said. "It's going to be really ugly before it's over".

Trump-endorsed Republican candidate Ron DeSantis assailed Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, during a television interview Wednesday that critics denounced as racist.

Gillum, who would be Florida's first black governor and does not identify as a socialist, said Thursday that he doesn't need an apology from DeSantis but that DeSantis "needs to apologize to Florida voters".

Gillum's Republican opponent couldn't be more different. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and the "democratic socialist" bloc. Florida and Georgia voted for Trump in 2016, while Maryland went for Hillary Clinton.

HATTER: Gillum's win has shocked even longtime election observers like Tampa Bay Times political correspondent William March, who says, unlike yesterday, Florida Democrats have a long history of nominating moderates.

Abrams, a former minority leader in the George House, faces Brian Kemp, Georgia's secretary of state.

While DeSantis and Putnam differed little on real substance - both are solidly conservative Republicans - it was DeSantis' campaign against the Tallahassee political establishment that defeated Putnam, who had, perhaps unfairly, become seen as the candidate of a notoriously corrupt state capitol.

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The DeSantis campaign said it would be "absurd" to characterize his remarks as racist.

The NAACP Florida State conference and the Florida Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said DeSantis should apologize.

Andrew Gillum and his wife, R. Jai Gillum addresses his supporters after Andrew Gillum won the Democratic primary for governor on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Tallahassee, Fla.

Discussion of the racist connotations erupted earlier this year when the comedian Roseanne Barr posted a tweet about Valerie Jarrett, who was a top adviser to former President Barack Obama.

"In the governor's race, there is massive gender gap with Gillum leading among women by 21 and DeSantis leading among men by 13", Ulvert noted.

HATTER: Gillum's campaign energized progressives by focusing on education, environmental protection and a livable minimum wage. Gillum prevailed in a state where blacks are about one-sixth of the population.

But Gillum's wild card is to change just which independents and casual partisan voters cast ballots in November.

"Winning the Florida governor's race is a top priority for the DGA this year", DGA Executive Director Elisabeth Pearson said in a statement.

This article was reported by The Associated Press, with contributions from Brian Witte.