Andrew Gillum Wins Florida Primary, Could Become the State’s First African-American Governor

Andrew Gillum, the African-American mayor of Tallahassee, won a surprising come-from-behind victory on Tuesday night to claim the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Florida.

A progressive supported by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and billionaire donor Tom Steyer, Gillum surged ahead after trailing in the early vote to former congresswoman Gwen Graham.

He supports Medicare for All and abolishing ICE “in its current form,” and ran as the only non-millionaire in the race. In November Gillum, who would be the state’s first African-American governor if elected, will face Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who resoundingly won the GOP primary following a boost from President Trump.

It sets up a crucial swing-state battle between two 39-year-olds who represent the faces of their parties: a…

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