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Florida Gubernatorial Race Descends into Clamor

On Tuesday, the primary voters in Florida nominated Iraq veteran and U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis, Republican, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Democrat, for the state's governorship. DeSantis' victory was expected, for he was the frontrunner in the polls and he had been endorsed by President Donald Trump, but Gillum, who was behind U.S. Representative Gwen Graham in the surveys, pulled off an upset.

Both candidates at their respective parties' ideological extremes: DeSantis is a staunch conservative who proposed cutting off funding for the special counsel's investigation last year; Gillum is a democratic socialist who supports universal healthcare and a $15 minimum wage. The contest has parallels with the gubernatorial race in neighboring Georgia, where Republican Secretary of State and Democratic former state Representative Stacey Abrams are ideological polar opposites.

The Florida contest kicked off with a bang on Wednesday when DeSantis said that "we’v…