Andrew Gillum celebrates "incredible feat" of clinching Democratic nomination for Florida governor

30 August, 2018, 17:05 | Author: Angelica Greene
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DeSantis beat out Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who had seemingly built up the run for governor his entire adult life after being elected to office as a 22-year-old.

And while the #MAGA crowd was enthused their president could put someone over the top like that, another online collective was just as excited.

However, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, who is running for re-election against outgoing Republican Governor Rick Scott in November, wrote on Twitter that "Comments like DeSantis's are unacceptable in civilized discourse".

He tweeted: "Such a fantastic win for Ron DeSantis and the people of the Great State of Florida".

Hours after securing the Republican nomination to face Democrat Andrew Gillum in November, DeSantis said the last thing Floridians need to do is "monkey this up" by electing Gillum. Gillum is already being painted as a puppet of George Soros, one of the long-time boogeymen of QAnon. Trump has thrust himself into the forefront of the midterm campaign in hopes of motivating his supporters and offsetting Democratic enthusiasm.

"Even in the most favorable light, it was stupid and callous and showed a level of historic ignorance", Jolly told MSNBC host Ali Velshi, who was filling in for Brian Williams.

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McSally's Democratic opponent is fellow U.S. Rep. Krysten Sinema.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum during his primary victory speech.

"We're going to keep fighting for the next seventy days to make sure we win this seat for Arizona, and for the country, because there is so much at stake", said McSally.

While both parties saw record turnout, with more than 1.4 million Democrats voting and nearly 1.6 million Republicans, nearly 27 percent of registered voters in Florida are independent.

President Donald Trump is giving his "total and complete Endorsement!" to Arizona's Republican Senate candidate, Martha McSally.

But while DeSantis easily cruised to victory, Gillum, a former Tallahassee mayor, ended up exceeding expectations to defeat Graham.

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Supporters at DeSantis' party in Orlando chanted "Ron! Ron!"

Says Trump: "She was a very talented fighter jet pilot and is now a highly respected member of Congress".

In 2014, she unseated an incumbent Republican - one of the party's few bright spots on an otherwise dismal night - but distanced herself from national Democrats by refusing to vote for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) during the vote for speaker of the house.

Martha McSally must now turn her attention to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, who many political observers believe has a good shot at winning the seat held by retiring Republican Jeff Flake.

McSally has spoken to the president about a post-primary campaign appearance in Arizona. Gov. Doug Ducey will name McCain's replacement after the senator's funeral.

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