Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

NY Times poll shows Andrew Gillum lead, narrow path for Ron DeSantis

NY Times poll shows Andrew Gillum lead, narrow path for Ron DeSantis

Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida professor who attended the debate and has spent decades analyzing Florida political races, said the first-name usage was likely more of a generational thing than DeSantis attempting to belittle his opponent.

Tallahassee Mayor and Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum addressed his Republican opponent's coddling of racists during Wednesday's debate between the two candidates for governor.

After the bar fight accusation, the ad goes on to say that "in Congress, DeSantis didn't hold back the punches either".

While less personal, the Senate race in Florida is just as close. The latest RealClearPolitics polling average puts him in front by 5.8 percentage points.

Geoff Burgan, a spokesman for the campaign, criticized Kise as one of "Rick Scott's former political hatchet men" who chose to "leak more documents about trips and events that have been reported on before". During the debate, DeSantis deflected all allegations.

"Awesome news about Hamilton", Gillum replied, according to the records. He resurrected a supposed racist "dog whistle" uttered by DeSantis when he urged voters not to "monkey this up" by turning away from the GOP.

Geoff Burgan, a Gillum campaign spokesman said in a statement that Kise's decision to release the records was politically motivated, and that Gillum "did not receive any contributions or in-kinds from Mike Miller".

As of Friday morning, 869,745 Republicans had cast ballots, compared to 808,288 Democrats and 347,488 unaffiliated voters, out of the state's almost 13.3 million registered voters, according to the Division of Elections.

"I did go and see Hamilton", said Gillum.

Gillum was offered a chance to respond, and he dug into DeSantis by saying the former congressman receives support from racists because they're convinced he's one of them. "First of all, he has got neo Nazis helping him out in the state", Gillum said. "That is the power that you have", Gillum told a Tallahassee crowd of about 200 people, who were mostly students from Florida State University and Florida A&M University. "Mr. DeSantis has spoken".

In an August 8, 2016 message, Gillum's friend, lobbyist Adam Corey, texted him saying, "Mike Miller and the crew have tickets for us for Hamilton tonight at 8pm", adding, "I think your brother has already arrived by the way". He noted that Tallahassee has the highest murder rate of any city in the state. Gillum previously claimed that he received the gift from his brother. When he got the ticket he didn't know where his brother had gotten it.

The undercover operation was part of an investigation into corruption among Florida officials. On Thursday, Jackson said he had asked the ethics commission to include the Tampa trip in his complaint.

Corey helped arrange meetings with Gillum on behalf of the undercover agent, but his lawyer has declined to answer questions on whether Corey was working in tandem with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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