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PHOENIX (AP) — Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum upset a crowded field of well-funded candidates in Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday, a step away from becoming the state’s first black governor. His surprise victory sets up a November showdown with Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, a favorite of President Donald Trump.

Gillum’s victory could further energize black voters in a year when Democrats are already counting on high turnout among minorities to buoy the party in the November election. Gillum is the party’s third black gubernatorial nominee this year, along with Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Ben Jealous in Maryland.


DeSantis rode Trump’s endorsement to victory in the GOP race, underscoring the president’s broad appeal in Republican primaries. Trump cheered DeSantis’ victory on Twitter Tuesday night, writing: “Ron will be a fantastic Governor. On to November!”


DeSantis was one of several Republicans running in contests Tuesday in Florida and Arizona who hoped that cozying up to the president would be rewarded by voters.


In Arizona, primary contests were shadowed by the death of Sen. John McCain. Though McCain was a towering figure who was elected to the Senate by Arizonans six times, the three Republican candidates running to replace his retiring seat-mate, Sen. Jeff Flake, aligned themselves more with the president than the longtime senator.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey planned to name a replacement to fill McCain’s seat after the primary.




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18 thoughts on “Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum Makes History As First Black Man To Win Fla. Governor Primary

  1. TerriJune on said:

    Watched him when he was still a college student taking an active role as a city commissioner. From mayor and now the nominated choice for Governor of the State of Florida. The year of our Lord, 2018 and the best we can do as a species that walks upright is to identify a candidate of color as “monkeying up”. We lose so much and gain even less when we don’t allow ourselves to enjoy the riches of the diversity found in the different cultures within our communities. Such a sad state of evolutionary transition. Who was it that said: “Hate is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”. Congratulations young man! Congratulations indeed.

  2. vdabney722 on said:

    You’ve probably all heard that Gillum’s opponent, Republican Ron DeSantis has already said something he wishes he could take back. He said that the race shouldn’t be “monkeyed up” with Gillum’s socialist policies. “Monkeyed Up”?

    • CiscoKid on said:

      monkey (verb, transitive): To tamper or trifle with; to mess up. First of all, you misquoted DeSantis. He said,speaking of the Florida economy, “The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases bankrupting the state.” A socialist agenda would mess up the Florida economy. And why do you assume every time someone says ‘monkey,’ he means ‘black?’ Why do you equate black people with monkeys?

      • Mac Daddy on said:

        Because vdabney is BAW’s resident idiot. She throws race into everything. She has no concept of what socialist policies would do to Floridia’s thriving economy. I vote him cause he’s black is her logic. Pathetic, I know

    • tedgravely on said:

      Vdabney722 isn’t the only one to make that observation. Other news sites are also digging into DeSantis. Lots of words in the dictionary. The candidate is an idiot if he can’t figure out that using the word “monkey” in relation to a Black Candidate wouldn’t cause outrage. I don’t know if it is a racist dog whistle, but since he is following the Orange Master, I wouldn’t give him the benefit of the doubt.

      • CiscoKid on said:

        Only someone with a limited vocabulary and poor reading comprehension would become outraged at what Mr. DeSantis said. How many were ‘outraged’ when Senator Obama used the word ‘monkey’ in the same context in 2008: “I come from Chicago. It’s not as if it’s just Republicans who have monkeyed around with elections in the past. Sometimes Democrats have, too. You know, whenever people are in power, they have this tendency to try to tilt things in their direction.” (Kent State University, New Philadelphia, Ohio, 9/3/2008).

  3. tedgravely on said:

    The midterms are important people. I wish this candidate well and he can win if you get out to vote. You. Talk to your neighbors, people after church, etc. Register. The issues that are impacting you won’t get addressed until you have a representative and elected state legislatures in office willing to make changes. As someone else noted below, small donations matter. Send a $5-10 money order. It adds up and makes a difference. Don’t get distracted. Stay in the know and hit the polling booths. VOTE!!

    • Really on said:

      I agree and in many ways ,it’s far more important than voting for the President. I congratulate the citizens of Florida for nominating Andrew and just to think they told him that he had no chance of winning. I liked how Shaun King demonstrated it: pollwise..Andrew went from 5..4..3..2 and now 1.

      I read where Andrew’s Democratic opponents were invited to an NAACP forum but neglected to come.He was the only one who came ( Andrew). If there is a lesson that the Democrats should learn from this is that they cannot take the Black vote for granted anymore. It may have worked in the past but the negligence is no longer working today.

  4. I agree i hope he sink the gop in this racist state. The state with the discriminatory stand their ground law. VOTE, VOTE, VOTE. STAY WOKE!!!!!!!!!

  5. Congratulations Mr. Gillum! As we celebrate, let’s not forget to support. These races are expensive which, unfortunately, means they often go to the candidate with the most connections and dollars. I found this link to his website where you can learn more about his campaign and contribute using the red DONATE button in the upper right corner:


    Let’s put our money where our hearts and minds are. It’s not enough to say, ‘I’m pulling for you!’ Can we all at least sacrifice $5? I’m in! Remember to tell a friend.

      • Crissi on said:

        This is such an ignorant comment. This is why other races think this way about us because of the minority that think this way. Do better.

    • vdabney722 on said:

      Visited Gillum’s website earlier this morning. He is an impressive candidate. The campaign ad video was really inspiring. I’ve sent his website address and the video separately to over 200 family, friends and church members already, urging them all to support Gillum, as well as Ben Jealous in Maryland and Stacey Abrams in Georgia. Also support the candidates in your own districts who support your interests. We can do this, but we’ve got to work hard and get as many people as we can to the polls!

  6. AWESOME!!!!!
    Kudo’s to this brotha.

    Now all he has to do is galvanize his campaign so he can take down the GOP POS in November.

    The State of Florida holds valuable electoral votes.
    One only has to remember those “hanging Chads” which decided the Bush/Gore

    Minorities need to get out and VOTE–OUR LIVES DEPEND UPON IT!!!!!!!!!

  7. Wow…Congratulations! Hopefully the fight against Gerrymandering & Voter Suppression will continue and in future elections true voter counts will prevail.
    Russian election tampering did not occur without inside help.

    • Really on said:

      Yep…now the voters will have to make sure that it won’t happen and check on their registration until the time to vote. I’ve heard that people’s voting information have suddenly disappeared. Hmmm..

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