Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won Tuesday’s Democratic primary in Florida in a stunning come-from-behind victory.
For months, polls showed Gillum at or near the single digits. But some political pundits pointed, in recent days, to what they believed was a late surge by Gillum’s campaign, but no reputable poll showed him in first place.
The polls were wrong.
Gillum took 34% of the vote, besting Gwen Graham, who was long expected to walk away with a victory. Gillum also defeated former Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine and billionaire Jeff Greene. Chris King only polled around 3% of the vote.
Graham quickly offered congratulations to Gillum. Meanwhile, many Democrats have urged Gillum to choose Graham as his potential running mate.
If he wins in November, Gillum, at 39, would become Florida’s first Black Governor. But he’ll first need to get past Trump-backed Republican nominee Ron DeSantis, who walloped Adam Putnam in yesterday’s contest.
Gillum’s historic primary victory has the potential to increase much-needed African American turnout at the polls in November, something the Gillum campaign is banking on–along with support from progressive and moderate White voters, Latinos, other minorities and voters who are unhappy with the Trump administration.
The general election is November 6, but many voters expect to participate in early voting.