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Ron Desantis has narrowly defeated Andrew Gillum to become the next governor of Florida. 

One of the counties that Gillum carried was Duval, with more than 51 percent of votes cast.

Andrew Gillum continues to lead in the latest governor’s race poll from the Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida.

The poll of likely voters, released Tuesday, shows 49 percent of respondents plan to vote for Gillum, the Democratic nominee, while 43 percent plan to vote for the Republican candidate, Ron DeSantis. Seven percent of voters said they are undecided.        

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence rallied in support of Florida’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis at a campaign in Jacksonville Thursday.

DeSantis, Gillum Divisions On Display At Final Gubernatorial Debate

Oct 25, 2018
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The first question in Wednesday’s second and final debate between Florida gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis focused on the divisive nature of the country’s political discourse.

A new Quinnipiac Poll shows Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum with a six point lead over his Republican counterpart, former U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis, in the increasingly tight race to become Florida’s next governor.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis picked up an endorsement from Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams Thursday morning at the Fallen Officers Memorial Wall in downtown Jacksonville.

The Everglades Trust’s endorsement of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis is startling some environmentalists and political observers.

One of the Everglades Trust’s three board members opposed the endorsement in an interview with The Gainesville Sun. Jon Mills told the paper he will support Democrat Andrew Gillum.

Other environmental groups like the Sierra Club are endorsing Gillum.

Florida Conservation Voters calls Gillum, “the only candidate with the leadership skills and vision to protect Florida’s environment.”

Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis was in Jacksonville Wednesday morning for a Hurricane Michael supply drive that was originally billed as a veteran round table campaign event.

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On Friday First Coast Connect was live from Derby on Park in Five Points to kick off WJCT’s Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall Block Party. Stop by Friday to hear the music playing.      

Longtime Jacksonville Political Strategist Susie Wiles Takes Over Desantis Campaign

Sep 28, 2018
Jacksonville Daily Record

On her way Thursday morning to meet with the Ron DeSantis gubernatorial campaign in Orlando, Republican strategist Susie Wiles said she was ready to dive in a day after the former North Florida congressman asked her to join.

STEVE CANNON AND LYNNE SLADKY / Associated Press

With six weeks left before the gubernatorial election, Florida’s major candidates and their parties have been accusing each other of anti-Semitism.

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Democrat Andrew Gillum has a slight lead over Republican Ron DeSantis in the upcoming Florida gubernatorial election while Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott are neck and neck in the Senate race, according to a new poll of likely voters from the Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida.

Our First Coast Connect Friday Media Roundtable with guest host A.G Gancarski Our panelists were Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton (00:58).  

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DeSantis Resigns From Congress To Focus On Governor's Race

Sep 10, 2018
Via News Service of Florida

With the general election less than two months away, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis resigned Monday from Congress to concentrate on his campaign against Democrat Andrew Gillum.

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured Andrew Pantazi of the Florida Times Union, blogger Fred Matthews, A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics and Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton.

Topics included,

Co-hosts Melissa Ross and Tom Hudson spoke about Tuesday’s Florida primary elections and what to expect as we head to November with Diane Roberts, author, professor and columnist at Flamingo Magazine and contributor at NPR, and Republican strategist Rick Wilson, author of the New York Times bestseller Everything Trump Touches Dies.  

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Wednesday on  First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski about the results of the Florida Primary Election including wins by Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis in the race for Governor (01:16).   

Trump Support Propels DeSantis In Governor's Race

Aug 17, 2018
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This is one of a series of profiles on the major candidates for Florida governor that we're running through the Aug. 28 primary election. 

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is endorsing Congressman Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, for governor.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Monday evening he will not step down from his position to be Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis’ running mate.

Via News Service of Florida

Thursday on First Coast Connect we heard a review of Wednesday night’s GOP governor’s race debate with Director of Jacksonville University’s Public Policy Institute Rick Mullaney and FSCJ Political Science professor Daniel Cronrath (01:28).

In the Republican race to be Florida's next Governor, candidate Ron DeSantis is now on the offensive thanks to an endorsement by President Donald Trump.

Trump Goes All In With DeSantis At Tampa Rally

Aug 1, 2018
News Service of Florida

In a boisterous political rally held in Florida’s largest media market, President Donald Trump on Tuesday thrust his outsized persona into the middle of Florida’s governor’s race, with a full-throated endorsement of U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Enthusiastic supporters of President Donald Trump packed the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa for a rally on Tuesday night.

Trump was there to endorse gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, who he called "a tough, brilliant cookie" and predicted a win in his race against Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the state's Aug. 28 Republican primary. 

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With the primary elections almost exactly a month away, a poll released Friday shows Democrat Gwen Graham and Republican Ron DeSantis as the front-runners in the race to replace Gov. Rick Scott.

Poll Shows Momentum For Desantis In GOP Gubernatorial Primary

Jul 25, 2018
John Raoux / Associated Press

Polling trends continue to favor U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in his Republican gubernatorial primary fight with Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect in the wake of Wednesday night’s debate with the five major Democratic candidates for Governor we heard an update on how both the Democratic and Republican races are faring with FSCJ political science professor Daniel Cronrath (01:15).

Friday on First Coast Connect  our weekly Media Roundtable with David Bauerlein from The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr and contributor Fred Matthews.   


U.S. House

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis filed paperwork Friday to formally enter Florida's 2018 gubernatorial race, after landing praise from President Donald Trump and rounding up a list of wealthy financial backers.

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