In DeSantis-Gillum contest, race is more than a subtext

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Mac Stipanovich, a longtime Florida GOP lobbyist, tells Politico that Trump's reelection chances in the state could take a big hit with a charismatic Democratic governor stumping for the Democratic presidential nominee in 2020.

Gillum countered that DeSantis should release detailed travel records of more than $145,000 in taxpayer-funded trips he took to NY, including two visits to appear on Fox News, while in Congress. DeSantis responded. "Let me just say this straight up". Gillum accused DeSantis of having ties to racists. Some people lost access, ' DeSantis said. "More will come out".

Justin Schmidt of Davie, a Gillum supporter who attended the forum at TKAE, feels that the Democratic candidate would be a strong supporter for the State of Israel if elected governor.

Kise, who has been has been compiling the records in response to a Florida Commission on Ethics probe looking into whether Gillum accepted gifts worth more than $100 without disclosing them during the NY trip and a trip to Costa Rica.

He released receipts and bank statements last month that proved he paid at least some of his own way. "We have Hamilton tickets tonight at 8", Miller wrote in a text message to Corey and Marcus Gillum.

Corey apparently acted as a liaison between Gillum and undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent "Mike Miller", according to Fox News.

Also unaddressed are text messages involving possible arrangements for a hotel room in NY and discussion of the possibility of going to Las Vegas. Gillum said. "I wanted to correct him, y'all, but I didn't want to be petty. We're going to continue to do it". But DeSantis pointed to text messages indicating that he was not truthful when he previously insisted that he believed his brother was responsible for providing tickets to the "Hamilton" production on Broadway.

"At the time we believed that they were reserved by friends of Adam's, Mike Miller".

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"I was aware that Adam Corey and (an agent known as) Mike Miller arranged so that we could go and see the show". The event followed a luncheon in Palm Beach County, and between the two events the campaign raised around $2.5 million, according to Democratic booster Chris Korge, who helped coordinate the two events.

"Low-earning people are going to be hurt the most", DeSantis said.

With under two weeks until election day, Gillum maintains a slim lead ahead of DeSantis in the polls.

"When asked to return that money he said no", Gillum continued.

The Republican former congressman also recalled Gillum's remarks from a few nights earlier.

"These disgusting, abhorrent robocalls represent a continuation of the ugliest, most divisive campaign in Florida's history", said Geoff Burgan, a spokesman for Gillum's campaign.

The story is nearly certain to live on. DeSantis was probably self-conscious about the fact that he no longer holds public office while Gillum does and was trying not to remind the audience of that by calling him "Mayor".

He also has a debate scheduled Wednesday evening at Broward College with DeSantis, who already tried to interrogate him on his Hamilton tickets during their first debate Sunday on CNN. The records include emails with Gillum asking Corey to upgrade his room at a Westin hotel, but they do not show who ultimately paid the bill. "Andrew, did you pay for the trip?"

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