DeSantis said Gillum was an "articulate spokesman" for "far left views".
Stephen Lawson, communications director for the DeSantis campaign, later said that DeSantis was "obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses".
Although he didn't mention Gillum by name, DeSantis was referring to how he perceives Gillum's policies.
The news accuracy group also criticized conservatives in media for coming to DeSantis' defense after the comments.
He won every county with a major city in Florida except for St. Petersburg inPinellas County, including huge margins in Jacksonville and victories in what were considered Levine's home base of Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
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Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis. But he had prominent elected officials - including Congressman Alcee Hastings, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam and state Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park, strongly advocating on his behalf.
"There is not a profit margin in the state of Florida that ought to be able to rob us of those elements: clean water, clean air, good oceans", Gillum said.
"During the interview, he made what some are calling an inappropriate comment about his Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum", host Sandra Smith said after DeSantis had left the show. He will take on Rep. Ron DeSantis, who prides himself on his closeness with President Trump, who enthusiastically backed him. "That is not going to work". Trump wrote on Wednesday. Now Martha, a great U.S. Military fighter jet pilot and highly respected member of Congress, WINS BIG. She is Strong on Crime, the Border and our under siege 2nd Amendment. "Has my total and complete Endorsement".
McSally will face Democrat Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in this fall's election.
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum upset a crowded field of well-funded candidates in Florida's Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday, a step away from becoming the state's first black governor. His support by Trump helped him trounce Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who had a two-decade resume as a politician, by 20 percentage points. In contrast, DeSantis has been one of President Trump's fiercest and most visible advocates in the House of Representatives. He ran for Senate in 2016 but dropped out when Republican Sen.
The district covers the southeastern corner of Arizona from most of Tucson down to the U.S-Mexico border.
While both parties saw record turnout, with more than 1.4 million Democrats voting and nearly 1.6 million Republicans, nearly 27 percent of registered voters in Florida, about 3.5 million, are independents.
Marquez Peterson is the CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber. She called for Democrats to rally in support of their new nominee.
Those primary races Tuesday set up a fierce fall showdown in the nation's largest political battleground.