I have no doubt the Democratic Party in #Florida is going to unite behind Andrew Gillum now that he's got the nomination. He's the most exciting candidate the party has run in a while. I think a lot of people were hoping he'd pull it off even if they went with other candidates.
For what it's worth, I think that the pundits idea that the establishment wanted Graham is overstated. The establishment wanted Graham over Levine, yes, but every conversation I've had over the last year and a half has been people liking both Graham and Gillum.
Contrary to the pundits who seem to think Gillum will have a harder time peeling away Republican voters, I think he's got the potential to generate the kind of excitement that can get disgruntled, Never Trumpers on board. #Florida #FloridaPrimary
One of the reasons the Democratic Party has struggled in governors races is that we've traditionally picked people who represent Florida politics as it used to be. Don't forget that Jeb got elected because he sold himself as the new, multicultural Florida candidate.
The late, great Lawton Chiles, last Democratic governor of Florida ran campaigns explicitly invoking the old Florida, calling himself a Florida Cracker and playing up the down home folksy Florida as part of the South. We're not that state anymore.
What happened tonight was the Democratic Party primary electorate reflecting the reality of modern Florida as a multicultural, diverse state. It's been a long time coming, and I've been saying for the last year and a half that I think Gillum has the potential to boost turnout.
And, as I said here, I think the pundits missed the grassroots efforts.
As a final note, Andrew Gillum is from the part of Florida that's smack dab in the middle of, "The farther north you go, the farther South you get," territory in Florida. Alachua County is very much the South as is Tallahassee. Southern can be progressive.
If you look at the breakdowns by county, Gillum won in South Florida, but he also won in a good chunk of North Florida and the panhandle, and the turnout bodes well for November.
This is the first time in a long time that I actually feel like we've got a very good shot at taking back the governor's mansion. #FloridaPrimary #FLGov #Gillum

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