3 Black governor nominees making Democrats rethink their path back to power

By Gregory Krieg CNN

(CNN) — Democrat Andrew Gillum’s breakthrough victory in the Florida primary this week made him the party’s third African-American nominee for governor in 2018.

If that number doesn’t strike you, consider this: In the history of the US, voters have elected only two African-American governors. The first, Virginia’s Douglas Wilder, took office in 1990. Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who won consecutive terms in 2006 and 2010, is the only other. (Louisiana’s Pinckney Pinchback briefly served after being elevated during Reconstruction in 1872 and David Paterson, of New York, became governor after Eliot Spitzer’s resignation in March 2008.)

Wins for Gillum, Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Maryland’s Ben Jealous this fall would not only be milestones in their respective…

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