>> Gonna elect this man!>> A few weeks ago, Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, remained relatively unknown to Florida voters. Now, this Bernie Sanders-backed candidate is the Democratic nominee in a bid to become the state's first black governor.>> I humbly accept the Democratic nomination.
Gillum's surprise victory put him above a crowded field of better funded competitors.
And he pulled off an upset with an unapologetically liberal agenda and grassroots campaign in a battleground state, where Democrats have failed to hold the Governor's office for two decades. Latisha Stine is on the story for Reuters.>> Some of his platform positions called for expansive universal health care.
He wants to ban assault weapons, and spoke a lot about how he stood up to the National Rifle Association. He wants a $15 minimum wage, to abolish ICE, or the US Immigration and Customs Agency. And he's calling also for impeaching Trump, which is one of the most progressive of the Democratic platform agendas.
>> The 39 year old son of a bus driver highlighted the power of his historic candidacy to rouse younger and more racially diverse voters who often sit out midterms.>> This race is about every last single one of us.>> On the other side, Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis prevailed after an endorsement from President Donald Trump.
>> I did have support from someone in Washington. If you walk down Pennsylvania Avenue he lives in the White House with the pillars in front of it.>> Like many GOP nominating contests this cycle, DeSantis campaigned on convincing voters just how much he likes the US president with ads like these.
>> Everyone knows my husband Ron DeSantis is endorsed by President Trump. He's also an amazing dad. Ron loves playing with the kids.>> Build the wall.>> He reads stories.>> Then Mr. Trump said, you're fired.>> The general election got off to a rocky start. On Fox News Wednesday, Desantis told voters, quote, not to monkey this up by electing Gillum.
The comment immediately came under fire for its negative racial undertones. But a spokesman for DeSantis said the candidate was referring to Gillum's political positions, not his race. And to quote, characterize it as anything else is absurd.