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Trump says Gillum would turn Florida into ‘a crime ridden, overtaxed mess’
Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee mayor and Democratic nominee for governor of Florida, greets supporters after voting for himself at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Tuesday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

President Trump took fresh aim Tuesday at Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for Florida governor, claiming that he would turn the state into “a crime ridden, overtaxed mess” if elected.

Trump has more at stake in the Florida gubernatorial race than perhaps any other in the country. He offered an early endorsement of former congressman Ron DeSantis, a move that helped propel him to victory in the Republican primary.

Trump has continued to be a vocal booster of DeSantis in the general election and has taken repeated shots at Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, at one point referring to him as “a thief.” Gillum would be the first African American governor of Florida if elected.

“If @AndrewGillum did the same job with Florida that he has done in Tallahassee as Mayor, the State will be a crime ridden, overtaxed mess,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “@RonDeSantisFL will be a great Governor. VOTE!!!!!!”

The tweet came amid a series of others in which Trump touted his preferred candidates.

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