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Andrew Gillum clinches nomination in Democratic primary for Florida Governor

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Candidate Andrew Gillum discusses his plans to increase funding for public education at Democratic governor's forum on Aug. 16 at Hillsborough High School.

Candidate Andrew Gillum discusses his plans to increase funding for public education at Democratic governor's forum on Aug. 16 at Hillsborough High School.

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Willow Morton

Candidate Andrew Gillum discusses his plans to increase funding for public education at Democratic governor's forum on Aug. 16 at Hillsborough High School.

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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum clinched the nomination in the Democratic primary for governor, earning 34 percent of the vote with candidates Gwen Graham and Philip Levine trailing with 31 and 20 percent, respectively. If elected in the November general election, he will become the first African American governor of Florida.

Gillum ran on a platform that catered to the far-left of the Democratic Party, gaining an endorsement from U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. In terms of education, he has campaigned on increased funding for public schools, an end to high-stakes testing and outreach to low-income students and families to create a level playing field in schools.

The winner of the Republican primary was Ron DeSantis, who earned 56 percent of the vote to top early front-runner Adam Putnam.

The general election will be held on Nov. 6.

Check out information on Ron DeSantis’ nomination. 

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