Andrew Gillum wins historic Democratic nomination for Florida governor

Henrietta Brewer
August 29, 2018

He also dismissed the congratulatory tweet from progressive candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Gillum, adding that there are people in Florida "who have fled socialist countries like Cuba and Venezuela" and that they don't want that "imported into Florida". He often said he was the only candidate in the race who wasn't a millionaire or billionaire, and won the endorsement of Vermont Sen.

Gillum, 39, was up against four other seriously-funded Democratic candidates and had only just recently aired his first TV commercial.

Gillum was the only candidate who said he'd raise corporate income taxes, and he often talked about winning a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association during his time as mayor.


Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, beat moderate Gwen Graham, a former USA representative and daughter of a prominent Florida politician, in a surprising victory after running as an unabashed progressive who backed "Medicare for all", impeaching Trump and standing up to the National Rifle Association.

DeSantis, who was endorsed by Trump, beat state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam for the Republican nomination for governor, the Associated Press projected.

No one imagines that Gillum will have an easy time of it in Florida, a politically-volatile battleground state where Republicans won the 2010 and 2014 gubernatorial races. "Ron!" when he was declared the GOP nominee Tuesday evening.


But Gillum, who became the youngest person ever elected to Tallahassee city commission at age 23, recently garnered an endorsement by former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Gillum has called on the man he is hoping to replace, outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Scott, to suspend the state's controversial "Stand Your Ground" gun law, and he supports a ban on assault weapons. Bill Nelson this fall in one of Republicans' best pick up opportunities.

"I have been really slow to try to think on it because it's too big", he said. But his more moderate stance on immigration and his deciding vote past year against Trump's efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law turned off many GOP voters. Now, he'll face Democratic Sen. McSally has already launched advertising aimed at her likely Democratic opponent in November, US Representative Kyrsten Sinema.

Gillum will face off against Republican Ron DeSantis in the November 6 general election.


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