MIAMI, Oct. 9 (UPI) — With the Nov. 6 election rapidly approaching, Florida voters have a stark choice for governor with historical ramifications.
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the surprise winner of the state’s Democratic primary, will seek to become Florida’s first black governor and claim an office held by Republicans for most of the past two decades. He’s facing Republican Ron DeSantis, a former U.S. representative for Florida’s 6th District who’s closely aligned with President Donald Trump.
Gillum doubled down on his progressive brand of politics in selecting Orlando businessman and first-time candidate Chris King as his lieutenant governor, while DeSantis selected Florida House Rep. Jeanette Nuñez as his running mate.
The latest polls indicate a tight race between the two vastly different candidates in a state with a voter base focused on education and environmental issues and a young contingent of voters who have mobilized after the mass shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.