Since the beginning of September alone, each side has dumped more than $44 million into television advertising for the governor's race.
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The race is tight. DeSantis has only a seven-point advantage over Gillum with male voters in Florida, 52 to 45 percent. His campaign said he had filed for an extension until October, but that deadline was extended until next year due to Hurricane Michael.
"We all have friends that sometimes let us down", Gillum said of Corey, while also pushing back at DeSantis with a suggestion this, too, was a racial dog whistle: "I'm a hard working person", he added.
Gillum is the mayor of Tallahassee. That went well until he called them the Rattlers, the mascot for Florida A&M. "Gillum will make Florida the next Venezuela!" "I'll be a governor for all Floridians".
"They want the man that they bought", Gillum said.
"I have never met anyone with more character, courage and decency than Bill Nelson", Biden, wearing a plaid shirt with the sleeves rolled up and navy pants, said to cheers. "Obviously, I think Andrew's done more of this stuff in his life, but both of them are fairly new quantities on the statewide scale and stage". "So it's not a big deal". Bill Nelson, who is being challenged by GOP Gov. Rick Scott.
The CNN anchor kept cutting off Gillum during his responses while seemingly ignoring how DeSantis made a habit of going well over his 70-second allotted time for his own responses.More news: Chad Kelly arrested for criminal trespassing
In the meantime, a prominent liberal group is taking aim at DeSantis, running a new Spanish-language ad in Central Florida, hitting the Republican. To a crowd of over three hundred cheering supporters, he said, "Its's great to be in America's friendliest hometown". "And that's Donald Trump, neglecting all sense of reason and facts", Gillum retorted, insisting that Tallahassee is experiencing a five-year low in crime. He's going to call me corrupt. "And that's why I'm here". There is no state where the divisions in Donald Trump's America runs deeper than Florida, a state at war with itself over guns, race and the Republican president. The President's endorsement and his appearance at a rally with DeSantis in Tampa helped boost the former congressman to an easy win in the primary.
DeSantis was also forced to confront concerns that he has tried to use Gillum's race against him.
At various points throughout the night, Gillum referred to DeSantis as a "stooge" and an "acolyte" of Trump, criticizing the Republican candidate over his stated commitment to carrying out the president's agenda. Another line of attack has more substance.
"I am not under FBI investigation and neither is my city government", Gillum said.
Gillum denied taking any gifts. "His opponent runs one of the worst & most corrupt cities in US!"
When the questions moved on to climate change, DeSantis argued he'd been mislabeled as a climate change denier and said he just doesn't want to be an "alarmist". "He's not the guy to keep Florida families safe".
Gillum meanwhile used his final minute to talk about his childhood in Miami and frame the upcoming general election as a referendum on Trump. He's presided over a crime-ridden city. Asked about his ideas, he took another shot at Gillum. The Tallahassee mayor also showed his masterful knowledge on taxes and Medicaid, two other issues important to Florida voters.