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Hill campaign reporter says Florida gubernatorial candidates are fighting for turnout from bases

Reid Wilson, campaign reporter for The Hill, said on Monday that former Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisSchumer tells Trump to stay out of Florida recount Rick Scott fundraises off Trump claim that Dems are trying to steal election Mika Brzezinski: McSally setting ‘far better example’ than ‘GOP men who will likely win’ MORE (R-Fla.) and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) are fighting for turnout from their political bases instead of centrist voters in the Florida gubernatorial race. 

"This is not a contest between two people who are trying to appeal to the middle. This is a contest between a firebrand conservative and a firebrand progressive, and they are fighting over turnout," Wilson told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."

A CNN poll released on Sunday showed 54 percent of Florida voters said they would vote for Gillum, while 42 percent said they would vote for DeSantis. 

"The fact is, Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, has led in every single poll that has been taken since the primaries," Wilson said. "This is going to be a good year for Democrats." 

Gillum and DeSantis went head-to-head in a CNN debate on Sunday, highlighting the political divide in Florida, as well as in the U.S. 

DeSantis hit Gillum over an ongoing corruption probe at city hall in Tallahassee, while Gillum hit DeSantis over accusations of racism. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeath toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 48: authorities Graham backs bill to protect Mueller Denham loses GOP seat in California MORE also played a large role in the debate, with Gillum slamming DeSantis's ties to the president, while DeSantis pledged to work hand in hand with the Trump administration if elected. 

— Julia Manchester