Backed DeSantis Easily Secures GOP Governor Nod in Florida

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"This thing is not about me", he added.

After winning the Democratic nomination, Gillum thanked supporters who embraced "our plan for a state that makes room for all of us, not just the well-heeled and the well-connected, but all of us". But aside from representing a merger of millennial and minority supporters of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton (whom Gillum endorsed), the 39-year-old mayor also obtained massive financial support from progressive billionaires George Soros (who contributed $1.25 million to Gillum's political committee) and Tom Steyer (who chipped in $800,000).

Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, beat moderate Gwen Graham, a former US 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.

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

Democratic voters propelled the charismatic, Sanders-endorsed contender to victory in a signal of the growing strength of minority candidates this cycle. Tonight, Floridians joined Andrew in standing up and demanding real change and showed our nation what is possible when we stand together. "Now, it is New York's turn".

Florida and Arizona are both closely watched states, featuring growing minority populations that have bolstered Democratic candidates and Republican electorates that have grown older and more conservative. Gillum has said he is not a target in the investigation. "On to November!" tweeted Trump. He told Spectrum News he is expecting to "shock the political system".

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Graham was the establishment pick: a moderate former congresswoman whose father was a popular former Florida governor and senator.

"On top of the cloud of corruption surrounding his campaign, Gillum supports radical far-left policies like Single-Payer health care and massive tax hikes that would kill jobs and decimate Florida's economic progress". Sanders campaigned for Gillum at rallies in Tampa and Orlando earlier this month. The Times also notes that Gillum has not been "named in any subpoenas".

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

Trump-backed candidate Ron DeSantis won Florida's Republican nomination for governor on Tuesday night.

Gillum won the primary with 34 percent of the vote, the Associated Press projected Tuesday night with 87 percent of precincts reporting. "Andrew is a progressive young leader who brings voice and vision for Florida, and I support him 100 percent". He easily won his primary, setting up a showdown with Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, who is defending his seat against Republican Gov. Rick Scott. "The stakes could not be higher". Gillum had consistently trailed in the few polls on the race, but scored a boost with the endorsement of Sen.

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