Voters in Florida have a rare clear choice between a rock-solid conservative and a democratic socialist for governor.
Former Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., left the United States Congress to run for governor and won the Republican gubernatorial nomination with President Donald Trump’s support. A founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, DeSantis is a full-spectrum conservative. He has made opposition to sanctuary city policies central to his campaign and has criticized his Democratic opponent for supporting policies that would ruin the booming Florida economy.
The Democratic nominee is Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Endorsed by socialist Bernie Sanders, Gillum wants to raise the Florida corporate tax rate and minimum wage, and he has made exorbitant promises to raise teacher salaries and expand Medicaid in Florida. Gillum supports a ban on assault weapons and wants to repeal Florida’s stand your ground law. He has ties to a radical far-left and anti-Semitic group, Dream Defenders, his mayoral office is under investigation by the FBI for corruption, and he has been criticized by DeSantis as anti-Israel and too liberal for the Sunshine State.
Polling has shown Gillum holding a consistent lead over DeSantis.
The polls close at 7:00 p.m. ET in the eastern part of the state and 8:00 p.m. ET in the panhandle.