Next, DeSantis made sure to cast himself as the "law-and-order" candidate. In the interview, he noted he's been in touch with former President Barack Obama, who may campaign on his behalf. This is a talking point that many hard-line conservatives have echoed amid fears of Gillum's positions on many issues, which several people have compared to socialist viewpoints. "You shouldn't have to kiss the ring of the president of the United States for the president to see to the goodwill of the third largest state in all of America", Gillum said. "How the hell am I supposed to know every single statement somebody makes?"
"The truth is I'm black. So I don't know that climate on its own is a winnable issue - but candidates who are able to draw the connection between climate and these other issues can make climate a winning issue".
We will find out the answer in less than two weeks time.
According to NBC news, data suggests that Republican-affiliated voters are outnumbering Democrats at the early polling locations so far.
The Democrat said he's prepared for a fight over the next 18 days, including a Sunday debate with Republican Ron DeSantis.
The comments came in response to questions about the state's preparedness and response in the wake of a school shooting in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and faculty members were killed.
Andrew Gillum was in St. Petersburg Friday for his first campaign event for governor since Hurricane Michael devastated parts of the Panhandle.
If Gillum wins on November 6, he would be the first Black governor in Florida's history. NAACP President Derrick Johnson said his organization is "microfocused" on boosting black turnout this fall.
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For DeSantis, it is about casting doubt that Gillum is honest and would represent the state honestly. Standing at her front door, she didn't hesitate when a conservative volunteer asked whether she was going to vote. "I feel the wind at our backs".
"I have never met anyone with more character, courage and decency than Bill Nelson", Biden, wearing a plaid shirt with the sleeves rolled up and navy pants, said to cheers.
Moderator Jake Tapper announced the two had only met in person moments before the debate began, making it even more noticeable how DeSantis called Gillum "Andrew" while Gillum called DeSantis by more respectful terms, such as "congressman" or "my opponent".
At one point asking him, "Did you pay for the Hamilton ticket, or did the undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent?"
In the intervening months, a wellspring of grassroots interest around gun control legislation has continued to shape the political conversation in Florida.
Though those efforts, both in Congress and the courts, succeeded in changing the law and ending coverage regulations for people who have pre-existing conditions, DeSantis said, he would push through statewide legislation to counteract them.
Meanwhile, a flood of money is shaping the Florida elections.
The telephone survey by SSRS is an outlier ("A joke", the Scott campaign said) The average of recent public polls compiled by RealClearPolitics.com shows Gillum leading by an average of 3.7 percentage points in the governor's race and Nelson leading Scott by 1.3 percentage points.