Progressive Andrew Gillum Wins Florida Democratic Gubernatorial Primary in Upset

Faith Castro
August 29, 2018

Quick to respond to his victory, the Republican Governors Association released a statement from Communications Director Jon Thompson that said: "With Andrew Gillum, Florida Democrats have selected a radical far-left politician who remains at the center of an FBI anti-corruption investigation".

Sanders initially endorsed Gillum on August 1 and campaigned for him at a rally in the state earlier this month.

Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, made history with his upset primary win. His backing helped push DeSantis past Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who has held elected office in Florida since 1996, quickly built up establishment support and raised millions of dollars.

Gillum, a favorite of progressives, spent the least of the five major Democratic candidates and had the smallest television presence.

If elected, Gillum would become the state's first black governor.

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The congressman didn't wait to lob attacks against the progressive candidate, calling him "the most liberal candidate" the Democratic Party has ever nominated in the governor race the state of Florida. "Ron!" when he was declared the GOP nominee Tuesday evening. 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.

Putnam had always been considered the favorite to win the GOP primary with state party backing and big donations from the biggest corporate entities in the state, including supermarket chain Publix, U.S. Sugar, Florida Power & Light and Disney. Bill Nelson that is expected to be one of the nation's most competitive races.

Voters in Arizona also picked candidates for the November elections, when Democrats will try to pick up 23 seats in the US House of Representatives and two seats in the Senate to gain majorities and slam the brakes on Trump's legislative agenda. With more than one-third of the vote counted.

But former state Sen.

McSally wasted no time taking on her Democratic opponent, calling the race "a choice between a doer and a talker, between a patriot and a protester". He also ran for Senate in 2016 but dropped out when Republican Sen. At FiveThirtyEight, Nathaniel Rakich says, correctly I think, that Democrats may be hurting in the general election if Gillum takes down Graham.

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