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The Trump-endorsed DeSantis stepped it in big time on Wednesday morning during an appearance on Fox News in which he said that Florida shouldn't "monkey this up" by electing Gillum, who is black.

After calling Gillum "too liberal" to run Florida, DeSantis added that Gillum was an "articulate spokesperson for those far-left views".

In picking Gillum, Florida Democratic voters abandoned the traditional strategy of playing to the center, and took a hard left.

DeSantis won the Republican nomination in Florida's Tuesday gubernatorial primary election.

Should he win in November, Gillum will be Florida's first black governor.

Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, was pressed by Fox News host Shepard Smith to say if he thought DeSantis' comments were explicitly racist.

"Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace", Mr Lawson said in a statement.

Kilmeade and Juan Williams debated whether DeSantis' choice of words was similar to a perceived racial slight made on "Monday Night Football" in 1972 by commentator Howard Cosell. Is he trying to win at racist bingo or the Governor's race?

Gillum has been perceived as the most progressive Democrat in the race. "That's the job of the governor of this state". But he said that he would hurt the state if elected.

Gillum's campaign declined to comment, referring reporters to the Fl0rida Democratic Party chairwoman Terrie Rizzo, who called DeSantis' comments "disgusting". "As governor, I'm going to inject new revenue into the state budget by legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana".

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Trump has lavishly praised DeSantis, one of his most reliable TV defenders, and slammed Gillum as "a failed Socialist Mayor".

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

"Martha McSally is an extraordinary woman". Loves our Military and our Vets. Polls had predicted Gillum would place in fourth place.

Florida's marquee governor's race has heated up with the Trump-backed Republican candidate saying the state should not "monkey this up" by electing his opponent, Democrat Andrew Gillum, who is African-American, in November.

Tuesday night, in a major political upset, progressive gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum won the Democratic Party primary over two well-funded candidates.

On the Republican side, DeSantis, a US congressman from the Jacksonville area, stomped Adam Putnam, a former congressman and current Commissioner of Agriculture in Florida, with more than 56 percent of the vote.

DeSantis' television ads were Trump-focused, including one where his toddler stacks bricks while DeSantis exclaims, "Build the wall!"

Martha McSally fended off a pair of conservative challengers to carry the Republican Senate primary to fill the seat vacated by retiring Sen. Florida's registered Republicans are 83 percent white.

Marquez Peterson is the CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber.

In Orange, Gillum trailed Graham in mail-in voting, which began in late July, but pulled ahead of her in early voting beginning August 16 and outpolled her on election day nearly 2 to 1. Gillum supports Medicare for all, abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement and impeaching President Trump.