Will 'Hamilton' ticket revelations, Federal Bureau of Investigation probe trip up Andrew Gillum's campaign?

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The Florida governor's race descended into a verbal slug-fest on Wednesday night as the two candidates hurled insults at each other during their final televised debate.

In one of the most powerful moments of the night, Gillum confronted DeSantis, a former US representative, over the bigoted tenor his campaign had taken on in the weeks since the Trump-backed Republican told voters not to "monkey this up" by voting for his black opponent. And it hollered through this room...he's got neo-Nazis helping him out in the state.

Andrew Gillum's opponent, Republican Ron DeSantis, has made much of the candidate's apparent dishonesty about the ticket. DeSantis called Gillum corrupt. Though the texts seem to dispute this claim, Gillum continued to maintain it after the records were released, saying his brother handed the tickets to him the night of the show.

"I was aware that Adam Corey and Mike Miller [one of the undercover agents] arranged so that we could go and see the show". "I'll leave you by saying, in the words our friends at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue".

Gillum for his part, criticized DeSantis for his infamous "monkey it up" comment the morning after the primary, which he has said was a racially charged whistle call. Miller was the alias of an Federal Bureau of Investigation undercover agent who met Gillum through a lobbyist and one-time friend of the rising Democratic star politician.

"I know firsthand that when we start going down that road, it can be very, very deadly", DeSantis said. "In fact, we got 99 issues and Hamilton ain't one of them".

"What I want people to know, despite all the distractions - because I think the Republicans obviously want to distract, want to suggest, all along throughout this trail they have wanted people to believe that somehow I haven't deserved what I've got, I'm unethical, participated in illegal and illicit activity, I mean you name it", he said.

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Undercover FBI agents were the ones who gave Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum a ticket to the Broadway show "Hamilton" during a trip to New York City in 2016, according to a trove of records given to the ethics commission and released to the public Tuesday.

Corey responded "awesome news about Hamilton".

Yet text messages included in the records obtained by the Tampa Bay Times call that claim into question.

Previously, Gillum said that he and his wife paid cash for the May 2016 Costa Rica accommodations.

"Gillum shined on the stage, won the moments in the debate ... and DeSantis didn't change the race", Schale wrote in a blog post on the state of the race. Gillum has insisted that the "Hamilton" tickets came from his brother.

Speaking on the podcast "Pod Save America", Gillum said he's not "anti-police" but rather for "police accountability", The Washington Free Beacon reported. "I never thought that I would receive something like that". One, Jacob Engels, a contributor to the far-right conspiracy website Infowars, shouted that Gillum is "a radical Jew hater who supports mob violence", drawing a loud chorus of boos from the crowd.

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