Move over Georgia, the Sunshine State could now be ground zero for the 2018 elections

Move over Georgia, the Sunshine State could now be ground zero for the 2018 elections

Our neighbor to the south had a humdinger of a gubernatorial primary last month and it may end up directly impacting Georgia’s race for the governor’s mansion. After the votes were tallied in Florida, Congressman Ron DeSantis won the GOP nod handily with 56% of the vote – thanks in part to the bump he received from President Trump’s endorsement. The DeSantis victory was not a surprise given all the weight the President gave to his campaign. On the Democrat side, however, the primary result was a real shocker. Florida Democrats chose Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum despite his poor fundraising and dwindling poll numbers that persisted throughout most of the race. His downward electoral trajectory began to change in early August when Bernie Sanders endorsed the 39-year-old mayor. Liberal billionaire George Soros is reputed to have been in the Gilliam camp as well.  These two factors inhaled fresh life into the Gilliam campaign and enabled him to eke out a three-point win in a very crowded field of well-financed candidates. How much does this impact the Georgia governor’s race? Plenty. Georgia’s race, pitting Republican Brian Kemp against Democrat Stacy Abrams has been viewed as an election with national implications. Florida’s primary results could change that. The Georgia race has been couched in terms of a proxy war between Donald Trump’s brand of conservatism and resurgent liberalism. Brian Kemp embraced the Trump mantra and secured his endorsement in the final days of the July GOP run-off. Vice President Pence even came to middle Georgia to campaign for him. Likewise, Stacey Abrams has embraced far left progressivism and doesn’t care who knows it. National liberals...