With six weeks to go before the November general election, the governor’s race has heated up with multiple news from Tuesday. Here is a recap of the day’s activities.
New poll shows Gillum continues to lead DeSantis
A new NBC/Marist College poll shows Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum leading former Congressman Ron DeSantis 48-43 percent. This is the eighth straight poll showing Gillum leading the race.
Gillum leads with African-Americans, Hispanics, women, and independent voters. DeSantis leads with white and men voters.
DeSantis highlights Florida’s economy at Panama City stop
Ron DeSantis used a stop at Eastern Shipbuilding in Panama City to call for sustaining Florida’s economic growth. Eastern Shipbuilding will soon begin construction on the first of the US Coast Guard’s new Offshore Patrol Cutters. The contract is worth in excess of $10 billion and could create two thousand new jobs.
DeSantis used the event to blast Andrew Gillum’s efforts to raise the state’s corporate income tax by $1 billion.
“You’re not going to see new taxes when I’m governor,” DeSantis said. “I want Florida to attract business investment. I want businesses to be expanding. The worst thing you can do is what Andrew Gillum wants to do, which is to raise taxes 40 percent. That’s basically telling people ‘don’t invest in Florida and get a better deal elsewhere.’ I think that would be a historic mistake.”
Democrats new attack ad hits DeSantis on opposition of pre-existing conditions
This is health care week for the Democrats and the Gillum campaign. The Democratic Party of Florida has released its first negative ad of this election cycle. It hits DeSantis for his role, while in Congress, of trying to remove the pre-existing conditions provision from the Affordable Care Act – also known as ObamaCare.
Republican Party of Florida touts DeSantis’ environmental plan
The Republican Party of Florida has released it’s second commercial supporting DeSantis. This one promotes his environmental plan, which was released two weeks ago. RPOF is putting $3 million behind this commercial. In the ad, DeSantis says he’ll stand up to special interests and cleanup Florida’s waterways and get rid of toxic algae.
Liberal billionaire pledges millions to help Gillum’s campaign
California Democratic activist Tom Steyer is committing $5 million to aid Andrew Gillum’s campaign for governor. Steyer, a fierce opponent of President Trump, says he’ll spend more money in Florida than any other state this election cycle. Steyer told the New York Times, “He’s (Gillum) a fierce gun control person, he’s been a climate champion. He’s called for the impeachment of the president. He’s been willing to talk plainly to Florida voters, and they’ve responded.”