The Florida Governor’s Race Is Suddenly About Race

Rollingstone

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04 September 2018 16:03

Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum and Republican candidate Ron DeSantis.

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After Andrew Gillum’s expert-confounding victory in Florida last week, it was a mere matter of hours before the inevitable race-baiting commenced. Following in the footsteps of their Georgia neighbors, Florida Democrats nominated their first-ever black candidate for governor in Gillum — and his newly minted Republican opponent, Rep. Ron DeSantis, celebrated his own win by going on Fox News and trotting out some racial code-speak.