African-American Andrew Gillum secures Dem gubernatorial nomination in Florida

Grant Boone
August 29, 2018

Gillum will now square off with DeSantis in what will be viewed as a referendum on Trump in a battle to replace Scott, who easily won his primary battle Tuesday for the Republican nomination to challenge Bill Nelson, a moderate Democrat, for his US senate seat.

While he didn't make race an issue, Gillum said it during a recent interview that it would be "big" to be Florida's first black governor.

"The job of the governor of the state of Florida is to do what is in the best interest of the people of the state of Florida", Gillum said on Tuesday night. Check back here for updates.

His surprise victory sets up a November showdown with Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, a favorite of President Donald Trump. DeSantis was one of several Republicans running in contests in Florida and Arizona who hoped that cozying up to the president would be rewarded by voters.

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The Democratic candidate has yet to be announced, but does anyone remember Alan Grayson, the Democratic congressman who said Republicans wanted people to die during the Obamacare debate. After Tuesday's primaries, only five states remain to pick candidates before full attention turns to the November election, when all 435 House seats and 35 of the 100 Senate seats will be at stake. We're proving, that if progressives come together, we can win. Tonight, Floridians joined Andrew in standing up and demanding change in their community.

Graham, an establishment candidate and member of a Florida political dynasty - her father Bob Graham was once the state's governor and US senator - appeared to be a more centrist candidate who could appeal to independent voters in one of the most closely-watched gubernatorial races this cycle.

Republican establishment favorite U.S. Representative Martha McSally has led consistently in opinion polls over former state Senator Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a three-way battle to prove which candidate is most loyal to Trump, who won Arizona by 4 percentage points in 2016. He will also be running against Donald Trump, whose over-the-top enthusiasm for his Florida acolyte was on display Tuesday night, as the president tweeted: "Such a fantastic win for Ron DeSantis and the people of the Great State of Florida. He wants a single-payer healthcare system in Florida, which would bankrupt the state", DeSantis told Fox News host Laura Ingraham.

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