Tallahassee Democratic Mayor Andrew Gillum has a 5 point lead in the race to become Florida’s next governor, according to Public Policy Polling, a leading polling agency.
A poll of 743 Florida voters revealed that Gillum holds a 48 to 43 percent lead over his Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.
The race got off to a quick and ugly start immediately after Tuesday’s primary, as DeSantis was accused of racism when he said he didn’t want to “monkey this up” by electing Gillum, who is Black. That comment drew widespread condemnation, although DeSantis made the claim that he didn’t have any racist intent when he said it.
A devoted Trump supporter, the monkey comment could be just the beginning of lots of negativity coming from DeSantis, who is expected to sling a lot of mud Gillum’s way. In contrast, Gillum has promised to focus his campaign on the issues.
Gillum, 39, is seeking to become Florida’s first African-American Governor.