With Donald Trump's support, Republican Ron DeSantis wins primary for Florida governor

Andrew Gillum, Ron DeSantis win primaries for Florida gubernatorial race

According to the Associated Press, the Tallahassee mayor will win the Democratic nomination for governor, becoming the first black nominee in Florida history.

In response to the resulting social media firestorm, the Tallehassee Democrat reports that Stephen Lawson, communications director for the DeSantis campaign, said in an email, "Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses".

Later in the hour, the Fox News anchor read the DeSantis camp statement and felt the need to address his remarks, saying "We do not condone this language and wanted to make our viewers aware that he has since clarified his statement".

"I am not in favor in Florida, of doing recreational marijuana".

"He's an extreme talent", Trump said of DeSantis.

Progressive Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis won their respective party primaries Tuesday evening to replace Rick Scott as Florida governor, setting up a gubernatorial battle this November that will likely be seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump.

"The grassroots energy and momentum you're seeing out here, the sign wavers, the rallies, the barbecues we've been hosting, all the grassroots work that we've been doing for the past year is going to pay off tonight when the polls close", Putnam said.

This wasn't the first time Wednesday Gillum came under attack. Trump says Gillum is a "failed Socialist.who has allowed crime & many other problems to flourish in his city".

Gillum clearly isn't stressed about Trump, he coolly responded back on Twitter with, "What our state and country needs is decency, hope, and leadership".

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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.

Gillum also won the support of nationally prominent progressives like NY congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen.

He was the only leading Democrat in his primary to endorse "Medicare-for-all" single-payer health care, a top progressive agenda item and the policy most famously championed by Vermont's independent Sen.

DeSantis easily rode to victory against the establishment favorite, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Tuesday night after the president tweeted his support for DeSantis, a Jacksonville congressman, in June.

DeSantis spokesman Dave Vasquez said that was not what the Republican nominee meant to imply. "To characterize it as anything else is absurd", the rep said, NBC News reported. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and was congratulated by newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Gillum, who was running against multi-billionaire Jeff Greene, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and a list of other Democratic candidates, received 33 percent of the votes.

When Graham conceded late Tuesday night, she promised Gillum that she would do all she could to help his campaign and help him win November's gubernatorial race.

"The same part of this country that was built by people of color may soon be led by people of color", he told The Washington Post in a recent interview.

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