Andrew Gillum on DeSantis: 'The racists believe he's a racist'

Democratic candidate for Florida Governor Andrew Gillum

Real Clear Politics shows that Gillum now has a 4.5% lead over Desantis.

And so it went for the duration of the debate, which picked up where the candidates left off in their first debate Sunday.

Of course, that closing argument comes too late for many in a state with extensive early voting. He said he supported Trump's transfer of the us embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and called attending May's opening ceremony "awesome".

The Mysterious Ticket Andrew Gillum the Democratic candidate for Florida Governor, speaks during a campaign rally at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades on August 31, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who got emotional as she briefly talked about her name appearing in the return address on 10 suspicious packages sent to prominent Trump critics.

DeSantis, 40, noted that he practiced baseball with Republicans who were shot in Virginia previous year.

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Sir, I salute you. Gillum insists he is not the target of the investigation, which began in 2015 and has yet to result in indictments.

They show that Gillum likely knew that tickets to the Broadway play Hamilton were paid for by the undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, Miller, who was posing as a developer and did not come from Gillum's brother, as Gillum claimed. The records include emails with Gillum asking Corey to upgrade his room at a Westin hotel, but they do not show who ultimately paid the bill. Gillum said. "I felt surely somebody prepared him a little bit better than this to come on this stage and have nothing to say about what he wants to do for the people of the state of Florida". "I should have asked more questions to make sure that everything that had transpired was above board".

Even if Gillum's account is correct, however, under Florida law it's still considered an indirect gift, even if his brother was acting as a go-between. "We've got 99 issues and Hamilton ain't one of them". When he got the ticket he didn't know where his brother had gotten it.

Tuesday's release of private emails and text messages by a former friend detailing the mayor's trips to Central America with lobbyists and to NY with federal investigators couldn't have come at a worse time for Gillum.

Vote-by-mail "returns continue to come in strong with 39.81 percent of requested ballots returned to the supervisor of elections", the chamber report said.

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This debate was only the second time the two men had actually met in person.

DeSantis, meanwhile, maintained he was unaware of both the nature of the conferences where he spoke and of his donor's racist remarks. DeSantis said, before pivoting to an attack on the press, declaring, "I am not going to bow down to the altar of media correctness".

Gillum looked on, mouth open, with a half-smile on his face.

Gillum quoted a proverb that a "hit dog will holler" to suggest that DeSantis responded defensively to a question about his ties to people who have made racist comments. One of the owners of the restaurant was Corey, who once served as Gillum's campaign treasurer and has known him since college. At the time, we believed that they were reserved by friends of Adam's, Mike Miller, and when I got there after work got my ticket, we went in and saw, it assumed my brother paid for it and so far as I know that was the deal.

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During the October 22 CNN debate between the two governor candidates, DeSantis said of Gillum, "Andrew is a failed mayor". In fact, the text messages show, Gillum was aware that it was a contractor who provided the tickets.

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