Floridians will begin to receive their absentee ballots this week, and the race that everyone is focused on (outside of the Senate race between Scott and Nelson) isthe gubernatorial contest between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum.
Gillum leads DeSantis by 4.5% in an average of polls, including the recent Quinnipiac survey that finds him up by as many as 9 points.
But just because Gillum, who is Mayor of Tallahassee, leads in the poll, it doesn’t necessarily translate into an election night win.
Gillum still has that FBI investigation hanging over his campaign over alleged ongoing public corruption in Tallahassee involving City Hall and some development proposals.
DeSantis is now asking for Gillum to return some $75,000 he received from individuals and companies with ties to the FBI investigation in Tallahassee.
Per a DeSantis for Governor press release:
Stephen Lawson, Communications Director for Ron DeSantis said, “Andrew Gillum’s ties to the FBI’s investigation become clearer by the day. Last week, reports showed that Gillum’s records were tied to an ongoing criminal investigation. Now we see that 36 of the 40 FBI subjects have given to his campaigns. The fact that Gillum has taken money from 36 of the 40 subjects associated with the FBI probe shows that he’s part and parcel of this investigation into corruption. What was Gillum promised in return for these contributions? Was the FBI using the payments to get to Gillum? When you get $75,000 from 36 of the 40 named FBI subjects, simple math shows that you’re the target. He should return the money and start being honest with the people of Florida about what the FBI really knows.”