Andrew Gillum raised $1 million in 24 hours after winning primary

President Donald Trump listens as Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis speaks at a Make America Great Again Rally.

DeSantis, who won the Republican nomination by almost 20 percentage points this week thanks in part to the endorsement of President Donald Trump, will face off against Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum - who was the upset victor in the Democratic Party primary and became the first African-American to be a major party nominee for the state's top office. "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".

Gillum, a far-left Democrat seeking to become the state's first black governor, and DeSantis, a Trump-endorsed Republican, are political opposites.

"People are really sick and exhausted of this kind of race-baiting, division, derisive element to our politics", Gillum said during an interview on MSNBC. "To characterize it as anything else is absurd", his spokesman Stephen Lawson said. Nelson has a stronger network of support with, and I think there are folks I have a stronger network of support with. "In the handbook of Donald Trump, they no longer do whistle calls".

In the Hill.TV interview, Rodgers also emphasized that Fox News quickly distanced itself from DeSantis after the comments.

Florida's Democratic party leaders were swift to condemn the remark. "I'm going to try to stay high and talk about what the North Star and future is for the state of Florida and people of this state".

As a representative of Florida's 6th congressional district, DeSantis has voted with Trump 94% of the time, making him a favorite of the president, according to FiveThirtyEight.

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

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

As the comment ricocheted across social media- with members of Congress along with the organization CAIR and even Fox News denouncing them - the chairwoman of Florida's Democratic Party, Terrie Rizzo, was among those decrying it as racist. And Republicans also argue that Gillum is simply too liberal, with his advocacy for universal health care and scrapping the current iteration of the ICE immigration enforcement agency. He ran for the Senate in 2016 but dropped out when Republican Sen.

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

  • Jon Douglas