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2018 Governor's race

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When Ron DeSantis becomes Florida's next governor, he will continue a two-decade tradition of Republican control that has emphasized tax cuts, the growth of school voucher programs, and a deep skepticism about expanding the state's health care safety net.

Three tight races in Florida could be heading for a recount. As election officials were still scrambling to count ballots on Friday, it appeared that the races for U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner were close enough to trigger recounts.

With John Deere tractors and country music greeting supporters, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis made a last-minute appeal to the rural and suburban voters of Polk County on Saturday.

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The candidates for Florida governor decried extreme political divisiveness on a day when pipe bombs were mailed to Democratic leaders, but then they immediately began intense name-calling during their final debate Wednesday.

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Andrew Gillum was in St. Petersburg Friday for his first campaign event for governor since Hurricane Michael devastated parts of the Panhandle.

In the days leading up to Hurricane Michael’s landfall, Gov. Rick Scott did what any Florida governor would do: warn people. After the storm passed, Scott shifted from warnings to gravitas.

But his appearances were more significant than previous storm responses (Michael is the fourth hurricane Scott has had to respond to in his eight years as governor). 

With elections just under three weeks away in Florida, candidates – especially those for governor and U.S. Senate – know that voters could cast their ballots based on how candidates responded to the storm.

Longtime Republican strategist Mac Stipanovich says the Florida governor’s race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis  is shaping up to be an echo of the 2016 presidential race.

The Florida Roundup expands this week as we welcome stations around the state that are picking up the weekly news program produced by WJCT in Jacksonville and WLRN in Miami.

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Congressman Ron DeSantis made two stops in Tampa Thursday as part of his campaign for governor. He touched lightly on his proposals for office, focusing mostly on attacking his Democratic opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

End Common Core. Pay new teachers $50,000 a year.

These education platforms are likely to be politically effective for the major party gubernatorial candidates — Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum, respectively. But actually implementing them would be more complicated than voters might glean from candidates' stump speeches.

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Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum's running mate came to Tampa Tuesday to unveil the Democrats' $1 billion "Fair Share for Florida's Future" plan to revamp the state's public schools.

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Racism immediately became an issue in the Florida governor's race Wednesday as both nominees made predictions: The Democrat said voters aren't looking for a misogynist, racist or bigot, while the Republican said voters shouldn't "monkey this up" by choosing his African-American opponent.