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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum projected to win Democratic primary for Florida governor

Andrew Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor who ran to the left of the field and rallied with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), rode a late surge to victory in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida, the Associated Press projected. He defeated a field that included Gwen Graham, a one-term member of Congress whose father served as U.S. senator and Florida governor, and Philip Levine, the wealthy former mayor of Miami Beach.

Gillum, 39, energized the party base in a five-way race by presenting himself as the only non-millionaire and backing an agenda that included Medicare-for-All. He received the endorsement of Sanders, who campaigned with him, declaring: “The other side has the money, Andrew has the people.”  

Gillum is the first African American to win a major-party nomination for governor in Florida. 

Gillum had lagged behind Graham but was helped by a late infusion of $650,000 from a group led by liberal billionaires Tom Steyer and George Soros.

Live primary results: Florida and Arizona, plus Oklahoma runoffs

There are big races today in Arizona and Florida. In both states, voters are picking their candidates for key Senate races, though in Florida the winners have looked clear for months. In Florida, voters in both parties are weighing in on their candidates for governor.

Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, voters are choosing candidates in runoffs, including for the GOP nominee for governor.

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