Saturday, January 19, 2019

Florida Election Results

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New York Times: The race for governor is the state’s most visible contest this year. Mayor Andrew Gillum of Tallahassee, running as a liberal candidate, is pushing to become the state’s first Democratic governor in two decades, and he opened a narrow lead in many polls over the Republican candidate, Ron DeSantis, a former congressman.

Mr. DeSantis has allied himself with President Trump and attempted to tar Mr. Gillum with a continuing F.B.I. investigation into possible corruption at the Tallahassee City Hall, but he stumbled early when he warned that electing Mr. Gillum would “monkey this up.” On issues like climate change, which is increasingly important in Florida, Mr. DeSantis has said he didn’t want to be known as an “alarmist,” while Mr. Gillum promised to be a governor who “believes in science.”

The Senate race has also been closely watched, with the state’s wealthy Republican governor, Rick Scott, challenging the three-term incumbent, Senator Bill Nelson, a low-key Democrat who flew on the space shuttle in his former career as an astronaut. Polls have tended to give Mr. Nelson a slight edge in a tight race.

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