Andrew Gillum becomes Florida’s first African-American Democratic nominee for governor


Andrew Gillum made history Tuesday night, becoming the first black candidate to win the Democratic nomination for Governor in Florida.

He will face Republican Ron DeSantis in November. 

Gillum, the Tallahassee Mayor, had been considered a longshot in the five-way primary. He secured more than 30 percent of the vote. Gwen Graham finished at 31.4 percent.

The only known scientific prediction of a Gillum win was an internal poll released by his campaign last week, that projected he would cruise to victory with a 10-point lead. Most polls showed Graham and Levine at the top, with Gillum in third or fourth. A poll released by Florida Politics on Monday had him second behind Graham.

According to Gillum’s campaign, the candidate was witnessing a last-minute surge.

Predating the Gillum…

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