Florida gubernatorial candidates DeSantis, Gillum set for final debate

Posted at 7:05 AM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 07:28:24-04

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The candidates for Florida governor are scheduled to debate for the second and final time, three days after their first testy encounter.

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Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum will meet Wednesday night at a community college near Fort Lauderdale.

On Sunday in Tampa, the two scuffled over the economy, race and President Donald Trump. DeSantis, a former congressman, is an outspoken supporter of Trump. Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, is a frequent critic of the president.

The winner of the Nov. 6 election will replace Republican Rick Scott, who is barred from seeking a third term. Democrats have not won the office since 1994.

The debate is organized by the Florida Press Association and Leadership Florida, a group founded by the state Chamber of Commerce.