Is Andrew Gillum the 'Woke Obama' we've all been waiting for?

Andrew Gillum to face Ron DeSantis in Florida governor race

Gillum's opponent in November will be Representative Ron DeSantis, an enthusiastic backer of President Donald Trump who surged in the polls in Florida, America's third-largest state, after earning the endorsement of the president.

For a second day in a row, the Florida governor's race played out over the national airwaves, as Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) continued to spar over whether the phrase "monkey this up" is racially charged.

"Let's make sure we continue Florida going in a good direction, let's build off the success we've had with Gov. [Rick] Scott - the last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state", he continued.

DeSantis, who has the backing of President Trump, and Gillum emerged victorious in their respective gubernatorial primaries on Tuesday.

"We're going to be wildly successful at getting more black voters, brown voters, young voters, poor voters, working-class white voters to get out and vote for us", said Andrew Gillum, vying to become the state's first black governor.

This was made glaringly clear on Wednesday, after Gillum's Trump loving Republican opponent, Ron DeSantis made an appearance on Fox News. "To characterize it as anything else is absurd".

On Baer's race, Parker said the race wasn't about sexual orientation or gender identity, but about LGBT candidates providing "perspectives and priorities that resonate with voters". According to his campaign, DeSantis's win was, in no small part, thanks to the $9.3 million in free airtime the campaign received from Fox News, Politico reported. "Donald Trump needs to condemn this".

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"I know that socialism won't work in Florida", DeSantis said. "They are now using full bullhorns".

"I think it's absolutely ridiculous", Rodgers said to Hill.TV co-hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising".

Gillum didn't make race an issue in the primary.

To be honest, despite the best efforts of Corey Booker and a few others, the last time a Black politician really made me this excited was dare I say it - Obama.

DeSantis also came out fighting, criticizing Gillum as "way, way, way too liberal for the state of Florida".

Gillum, meanwhile, relied on a grassroots campaign in the big-money Democratic primary.

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