TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum shocked the nation Tuesday night by winning the Democratic gubernatorial primary, edging out frontrunner Gwen Graham by 2.16 percentage points. Gillum beat out millionaires and even billionaire Jeff Greene. He will now face Republican nominee Congressman Ron DeSantis for the November midterm election.
Gillum’s late victory can likely be attributed to a strong ground game, something Greene, who chose to flood the market with TV ads, was lacking in his campaign. Gillum rallied, marched, and met with voters up and down the long state of Florida. He was the underdog all race long until mid-August when U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders came to Florida to rally for Gillum in Tampa and Orlando, energizing the younger voter base, which of course includes college students. “The [other opponents] have the money. Andrew has the people,” Senator Sanders told the Orlando crowd. He added that having Gillum as governor would not only change the State of Florida, but the United States as a whole.
Gillum’s upset was one of several historic wins Tuesday night, but with the old adage being, “as Florida goes, so goes the nation,” his historic primary victory caught the entire nation’s eye.
Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org