Gillum is Florida's Democratic governor nominee

Published: Aug. 28, 2018 at 9:17 PM EDT
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By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News

August 29, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is now the Democratic nominee for Florida governor.

Gillum started the night off neck and neck with Gwen Graham, eventually gaining the lead and beating her by three percent.

Following the win, Gillum celebrated with a hometown crowd at Hotel Duval in Tallahassee. The crowd chanted “Bring it home,” and that’s exactly what he did.

“I, as the mayor of Florida’s capital city, humbly accept the Democratic nomination,” said Gillum, prompting cheers from the packed room.

Supporter Ramone Anderson said, “He won. He was like, the underdog, and like half the people in this room didn’t think he would win, but he won. Bring it home, bring it home.”

“I’m so proud of him,” said a former FAMU classmate of Gillum’s, Tracye Hines. “He is destined for greatness and destined to go further and destined to bring it back home. Gillum, the underdog, stunning pollsters and the state of Florida tonight with a come-from-behind victory in the Florida Democratic Primary.”

Rep. Loranne Ausley said, “It’s really exciting for our state. It’s groundbreaking. With Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Andrew in Florida, I think we’ve got an exciting road ahead of us.”

“He had some big wins in some big counties; Broward, Dade, Palm Beach, Orange, Hillsborough and Duval. And of course, his home county of Leon County,” Ausley continued.

“It’s about giving people hope and connecting with them and that’s what Andrew Gillum does and that’s why he’s going to be the next governor of the state of Florida,” said Rep. Ramon Alexander. “He is well qualified regardless of his color. Andrew has won everything he’s ever run for.”

Gillum wrapped up the evening saying, “For everyday hard working people in this state who believe, who believe, who believe, that they deserve a voice in our government too. And we’re going to give it to them.”

Gillum could become the first African American to serve as governor of the state of Florida.

By: Associated Press

August 28, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has won the Democratic nomination in his quest to become Florida's first black governor.

Gillum won the primary Tuesday after upsetting a field of better-known and better funded candidates. He defeated a field that included former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, who aimed to follow her father to the office and become the state's first woman governor.

Gillum was a favorite among many groups that call themselves progressive Democrats. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont endorsed him.

Gillum spent only $6.5 million on a primary where billionaire Jeff Greene spent $38 million and millionaire former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine spent about $29 million of his fortune.

He faces

in the race to replace term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Scott.