Florida’s pick for governor: Trump’s guy vs. liberal darling
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians will choose between one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters and an unabashed liberal when they elect a new governor.
The contrast couldn’t be greater between Republican former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in Tuesday’s election. Gillum would be Florida’s first black governor and the first Democrat elected to the office since 1994.
The two are opposites on issues, background, campaign style and message in a politically divisive year. The contest is essentially a referendum on Trump and votes may be cast as much, if not more, on emotion than issues.
DeSantis has aggressively attacked Gillum, while Gillum barely mentions DeSantis at campaign events.
Trump campaigned with DeSantis twice in the final six days before the election.