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Shocker: Democrats nominate first African American for Governor of Florida, a state where Trump spends his time Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 25, 2021

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In what may turn out to be a referendum on President Donald Trump, Andrew Gillum on Tuesday became the first African-American nominee for Florida governor,  a win described as an upset over favorite Gwen Graham and two big-spending businessmen in a crowded Democratic primary field.

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Florida is where Trump has his gulf course and spends a lot of time there. A win in November by an African American may serve as a punishing blow to Trump.

“The Tallahassee mayor will face Jacksonville congressman Ron DeSantis, who easily defeated state agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam thanks to the backing of President Donald Trump,” the Huffington Post reported.

The newspaper said Gillum never led in any public polling, but was showing signs of gaining momentum in the final weeks.

“He benefited from being chosen by the progressive wing of the party’s most generous benefactors ― including billionaires Tom Steyer and George Soros ― as well as from a barrage of negative ads against Graham by billionaire Jeff Greene.,” HuffPost said.

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