Opinion / Politics

Florida’s 2018 Election for Governor is a Proxy for 2020

Florida Governor Election Proxy 2018You are forgiven if you don’t yet know who Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis are. They are the Democrat and Republican candidates respectively for Florida Governor this November. DeSantis is a Florida Congressman who garnered 57% of the vote in the Republican primary on August 28th. Gillum is the mayor of Tallahassee who got 34% of the vote in the Democratic primary. Gillum openly ran to the left of the other four major Democratic candidates. He benefited from a late visit to the state from Socialist Bernie Sanders and drew high votes in Florida’s big cities. The liberal media ate up the story of a “late surge” and “upstart candidate” and a “fresh face”.

CNN cited these five takeaways from what they dubbed a ‘shocking win’: 1) “you can’t be too liberal; 2) younger is better; 3) African-American candidates are winning; 4) voters still love a powerful personal story; 5) money matters less than you think.”

Say what? By simple math it is evident two out of three Democrats did not vote for Gillum. But no matter. He’s now the media’s darling.

But stay tuned. Pundits are calling this the Donald Trump vs. Elizabeth Warren pre-show before the main event. Of course, no one knows who the real Democrat candidate will be in 2020, but the 2018 Florida Governor’s race is one the nation should watch.

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