"With one tweet, that kind of put me on the map", DeSantis said. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisGillum wins stunner and other takeaways from Arizona, Florida Sanders congratulates Gillum after Florida primary win Sanders-backed Andrew Gillum wins major upset in Florida Dem gov primary MORE (R-Fla.) for the governor's mansion - now held by Gov. Rick Scott (R) - in the fall.
Mr Gillum, however, told Fox News his opponent's "monkey" remark "wasn't lost on me".
DeSantis said he is more concerned with Gillum's plan to greatly hike business taxes in the state, adding that such a move would reverse progress made under Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and President Donald Trump. But Gillum still has room to grow: The turnout rate in Miami-Dade, a crucial Democratic area, was the highest in at least a decade - higher than the 2016 primary, and Gillum was not very well known in that part of the state before last night and faced a more crowded primary than DeSantis.
A few weeks ago, Andrew Gillum remained relatively unknown to Florida voters despite a historic bid to be the state's first black governor.
Rep. Ron DeSantis' Florida governor campaign says his comments about Democrat Andrew Gillum that have drawn criticism were directed at Gillum's policies and not the candidate himself. "He thinks that in today's day and age Florida's voters are going to respond to that level of division".
Up and down the ballot, female candidates in both parties continued to dominate key races in a year with record numbers of women seeking office.
A CNN survey in June found that 67 percent of Democrats had a favorable opinion of McCain, while just 33 percent of Republicans did. "That's not going to be good for Florida". DeSantis came from behind in the GOP primary with the help of Trump to beat Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who campaigned longer, raised more money and built party establishment support.
During the Fox News appearance, DeSantis called Gillum "an articulate spokesman for those far-left views" and a "charismatic candidate" who is "much too liberal for Florida", however. And city hall itself has been under investigation by the FBI for corruption, although Gillum has said he is not a target of the investigation. Critics called the remark racist, something DeSantis repeatedly denied most recently with Sean Hannity that evening.
Trump weighed in Wednesday on Twitter saying that not only did DeSantis win but that "his opponent in November is his biggest dream".
"We are going to make sure that we at the state level can do whatever we can to keep the kids safe", said DeSantis. Gillum is mayor of the city of Tallahassee and Trump said Gillum has "allowed crime and many other problems to flourish in the city". The governor was expected to easily win his party's nomination for a second term in Tuesday's gubernatorial primary.