In a typical gubernatorial race, a state’s residents choose between a Republican or Democrat candidate to manage the state’s affairs in a responsible manner — but the upcoming race for governor in Florida appears to be anything but typical, and has now taken on an extra sense of urgency.
Floridians will certainly have their choice between a Republican and Democrat, but this particular Democrat has openly espoused and supported socialist policies that would significantly harm the state economically, and that candidate, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, is now leading in a major poll as we close in on Election Day.
Gillum leads DeSantis
Gillum leads his opponent, President Donald Trump-endorsed Republican Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis, for the governorship by a margin of about 6 percentage points in the latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters in the state.
Congressman Ron DeSantis is a special person who has done an incredible job. He is running in Tuesdays Primary for Governor of Florida….Strong on Crime, Borders and wants Low Taxes. He will be a great Governor and has my full and total Endorsement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2018
Rasmussen Reports noted that their latest online and telephone surveys of Florida voters revealed that Gillum led DeSantis with the support of 48 percent of likely voters, as compared to 42 percent for DeSantis.
About 2 percent of the voters stated their preference for another candidate besides those two, and some 8 percent declared themselves to still be undecided in the critical race.
Gillum’s lead over DeSantis narrows just slightly to 5 points among those voters who were “certain,” and not just “likely,” to cast a vote in November, at 49 to 44 percent.
Race to replace Gov. Rick Scott
Those two candidates are running to fill the governor’s mansion soon to be vacated by term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is running as a challenger against incumbent Democrat Florida Sen. Bill Nelson.
Rasmussen has Scott and Nelson locked in a virtual tie as far as polling goes.
Scott will leave the governor’s office with a near equal approval and disapproval rating, 48 to 47 percent, with some 30 percent of voters saying the “strongly approve” of Scott’s job performance as compared to 32 percent who “strongly disapprove” of the job he’s done.
DeSantis got in a little liberal media-manufactured hot water following Florida’s primary election when he urged his state’s voters to not “monkey things up” by electing a socialist who would ruin their prosperous and growing economy, but his admonition is correct as the election of Gillum would undoubtedly reverse some, if not all, of the economic gains made by Florida during Scott’s tenure in office.
It remains to be seen if Florida voters will take an economic gamble on electing a socialist-leaning Democrat to run the affairs of their state, or if they will side with the candidate that is firmly in line with the president’s agenda to Make America Great Again — something that isn’t going to happen under socialist policies.