Self-described Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez weighed-in on the recent Florida gubernatorial primary Wednesday; praising Bernie Sanders-backed candidate Andrew Gillum for working to “legalize marijuana and abolish ice.”
Cortez posted her comments on social media just hours after Gillum declared victory at his campaign HQ in Tallahassee, saying “Congratulations, @AndrewGillum! The progressive movement is transforming the country – and he proved that again tonight. Gillum ran on Medicare for All, Legalizing Marijuana, #AbolishICE & more. Thank you, Florida voters! On to November.”
The progressive movement is transforming the country – and he proved that again tonight.
Gillum ran on Medicare for All, Legalizing Marijuana, #AbolishICE & more.
Thank you, Florida voters!
On to November ??? https://t.co/8keyzxVmcf
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) August 29, 2018
Gillum will face-off against Trump-backed candidate Ron DeSantis this November; setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown that could have massive implications during the 2020 presidential election.
MAGA IN FLA: Trump-Backed Candidate Wins GOP Primary for Governor
Rep. Ron DeSantis, President Trump’s personal pick to win the GOP governor primary in Florida, declared victory Tuesday night; posting huge gains and defeating the state’s Agricultural Commissioner as the candidate sets his sights on the general election.
Fox News projected the victory at approximately 8:30pm Tuesday evening, with sitting Governor Rick Scott -faced with term limits- winning the GOP nomination for the Senate.
“Such a fantastic win for Ron DeSantis and the people of the Great State of Florida. Ron will be a fantastic Governor. On to November!” tweeted Trump.
Such a fantastic win for Ron DeSantis and the people of the Great State of Florida. Ron will be a fantastic Governor. On to November!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
“DeSantis will face off in November against the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. Although it is too early to project a winner in that contest, former Rep. Gwen Graham, daughter of former Florida governor and Sen. Bob Graham, has a lead over half a dozen competitors,” writes Fox News.
Read the full story here.
SUNSHINE SHOWDOWN: Florida Governor's Race Pits Bernie’s Candidate VS Trump’s Pick
Florida’s upcoming governor’s race is shaping up to be a major 2020 indicator, with Bernie Sanders-backed Democrat Andrew Gillum facing-off against President Trump’s favored candidate Ron DeSantis.
“With 94 percent of the votes counted, Gillum had an unofficial 3 percentage point lead over his closest rival, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham. Gillum overwhelmed Graham in Miami-Dade and Broward, the state’s two largest Democratic counties, by more than a 2-to-1 margin, in the highest turnout for a midterm primary election in Florida history,” writes the Miami Herald.
“I am overwhelmed,” said Gillum in Tallahassee Tuesday night. “I want you to know that this thing is not about me. This race is about every single one of us. Those of us inside this room. Those outside of this room. Those who voted for me. Those who didn’t vote at all. And those who didn’t vote for me because they are Republicans. But I want to be their governor, too.”
President Trump praised DeSantis Tuesday evening, saying the GOP candidate would be a “great governor” for the residents of Florida.
Read the full story at the Miami Herald.