The Florida Governor race heats up with Trump’s approval, FBI probe: A look at the candidates

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With Florida Gov. Rick Scott is leaving the office due to time limits, a crowded field of Republicans and Democrats jumped into the race to replace him.

President Trump has already Republican Rep. Rick DeSantis approved before the GOP primary on August 28. Democrats, a primary election will hold for the party with a candidate on this day.

Trump just under Democrat Hillary Clinton defeated in the 2016 presidential race by less than 2 percentage points, according to Fox News’ election results.

Read on for a look at the candidates.


President Trump, Rep. Ron DeSantis for Florida Governor approved.

(Ron DeSantis for Governor campaign)

It is a crowded field of Republicans in the battle for the GOP nomination for Governor in Florida, and Trump has already given his consent. The President raised in Florida, Rep. Ron DeSantis, who said he would be “strong on the border, tough on crime [and] large-scale tax cuts.”

Congressman Ron DeSantis, a top student at Yale and Harvard Law School, is running for Governor of the Great state of Florida. Ron is strong on the border, tough on crime and big on tax cuts, Loves our Military and our vets. He is a Great Governor and has my full endorsement!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2018

Trump said DeSantis would be jumped a great Governor before DeSantis officially in the race.

Congressman Ron DeSantis is a brilliant young leader, Yale and then Harvard Law, who would be a Great Governor of Florida. He loves our country and is a true FIGHTER!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 22. December 2017

DeSantis, 39, is an Iraq war veteran and a decorated military lawyer who served in the U.S. house since 2013. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School. Especially in the case of Committee hearings on the controversial dossier of inquiry used in the current Russia, DeSantis steadfast in his support and defense of trump remained.


In front of trump support, a recent Fox News poll found 32 percent of likely GOP primary voters in the state to get Adam Putnam, Florida Commissioner of agriculture. DeSantis was polling in second place with 17 percent. But 39 percent of likely voters remained undecided.

Adam Putnam was elected as the state’s Commissioner for agriculture in 2010.

(Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services)

Putnam, 43, was elected as the state Commissioner for agriculture in 2010. He grew up on a cattle ranch and citrus grove, according to his campaign website, and received the support of many Florida sheriffs. He has shots at DeSantis, to say, “If you want to be the Governor of Florida, you should be on Florida, questions and be ready to the roll-out of your positions on things, the Floridians.” His campaign also has a cartoon of DeSantis published with a “Where’s Waldo” hat, says, “Where Ron is,” Tampa Tay Times reported.


Putnam was supported by Publix, but the supermarket chain said it suspended contributions to the Republicans after facing public outcry.

The other Republican candidates are: David Adams, Isak Almaleh, Don Baldauf, Timothy Devine, Dr. Usha Jain, John Joseph Mercadante, Bruce, Nathan , and Bob White.


Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, and the business man Chris King, he took the first gubernatorial debate in the Democratic primary, in Tampa, Fla. in June.

(WTVT Fox 13, via AP)

Like the Republicans, the Democratic field of candidates for the Governor is huge. In fact, Mike Abrams, the former Chairman of the Dade Democratic party, said that the suite of candidate was “stellar” , could” give the Republicans fits.”

Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, 38, secured endorsements from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and the Working families y, two big progressive groups, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

As mayor, Gillum, touting his efforts for more gun control, especially in the Wake of the Parkland school shooting, and promises to “never back down from common-sense solutions to our streets, parks and schools safe from gun violence”, as a Governor, he said on his campaign website.


He is also caught in a public corruption investigation by the FBI with a lobbyist who is a close friend of the mayor, the Democrat of Tallahassee. Gillum has not claimed that he is the target of the investigation and promised to cooperate.

From 2015 to 2017, former Rep. Gwen Graham to represent Florida in the U.S. house. She was only one of two Democrats in the United States to beat an incumbent Republican, when she won her seat, she said on her campaign website.

Graham, 55, has been heavily criticized by their Democratic opponents in the April debate, not votes, with former President Barack Obama enough, if you in Congress.

“We sent Democrats to the Congress to defend the President … to move a progressive agenda,” Gillum said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “Their voices … 54 percent of the time against Obama was not what I wanted from my member of Congress.”

As mayor of Miami Beach, from 2013 to 2017, Philip Levine had his focus on the rise in the sea level, according to his campaign website. But the $24 million plan for the protection of Miami Beach, which also has made the raising of roads and Installation of industrial pumps, a hook, according to the Miami Herald. Some residents and activists, while praised Levine for the solution of the problem referred to have thought out his plan, “bad” and enabled to rabbits, the citizens involuntary “experiment.”


To buy “if you are the mayor of a city attacked by sea-level rise, there is no book, no course to follow no leader,” he told the Miami Herald. “We had to literally write the book to us. We learned as we went along. We, of course, you realize that everything that we could have been better, and everything we have done can certainly be improved.”

Together with the support of several other former mayors, Levine, 56, is now Heat of the endorsement of the former Miami basketball star Ray Allen.

Also in the Democratic primary is billionaire Jeff Greene, a philanthropist Chris King, Josue Larose and Louis McClanahan III.

Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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