Bernie Sanders to hold rally for Gillum in Florida

Bernie Sanders to hold rally for Gillum in Florida
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Overnight Health Care: Top health official defends contract payments to Trump allies | Vaping advocates confident Trump will turn from flavor ban | Sanders gets endorsement from nurses union Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment MORE (I-Vt.) will hold a rally Wednesday at the University of Central Florida to boost gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum (D).

The event will be held the same day as a President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report MORE rally in Southwest Florida to boost Gillum’s opponent, former Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisSaagar Enjeti: Republicans lost Kentucky by failing to appeal to working class Saagar Enjeti: Republicans lost Kentucky by screwing the working class Burr promises bill to tax scholarships of student athletes who profit off their likenesses MORE (R).

Gillum and DeSantis are vying to replace term-limited Gov. Rick Scott (R), who is now running for Senate.

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The dueling rallies by Sanders and Trump are being planned as both sides seek to turn out their respective bases.

The race has turned into a slugfest in the final days. 

DeSantis, a former congressman and staunch ally of Trump, was forced to confront a series of race-related controversies that have haunted his campaign since the day after Florida’s August primaries.

Meanwhile, Gillum, the progressive mayor of Tallahassee, is facing questions about a federal investigation into suspected corruption in his city hall, as well as records showing he accepted a ticket to the musical “Hamilton” from an undercover FBI agent who he believed was a local developer.

President Trump weighed in on the race this week, calling Gillum a “thief” in a tweet Monday, leading the Democrat to punch back.

“In Florida there is a choice between a Harvard/Yale educated man named @RonDeSantisFL who has been a great Congressman and will be a great Governor - and a Dem who is a thief and who is Mayor of poorly run Tallahassee, said to be one of the most corrupt cities in the Country!,” Trump said.

“I heard @realDonaldTrump ran home to @FoxNews to lie about me. But as my grandmother told me — never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty, but the pig likes it. So ignore him and vote, Florida!” Gillum responded after Trump was interviewed on Fox News Monday night.

The Cook Political Report rates the race as a “toss up,” and an average of polls calculated by RealClearPolitics has Gillum up three points.

Sanders visits Florida, a crucial swing state in presidential elections, amid widespread speculation the Senator will run for president again in two years.