FLORIDA: Bernie-Backed Democrat Upsets Gov Primary

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports:

Democrats picked Andrew Gillum, the charismatic liberal activist and mayor of Tallahassee, as the party’s nominee for governor. It was an historic pick. Gillum is the first black nominee for Florida governor from either major party.

Nominating Gillum also represents a strategic break for Democrats. For most of the last 20 years, the party has nominated centrist candidates for governor, hoping they could appeal to middle-of-the-road voters and Republicans. It hasn’t worked, and Democrats have lost every governor’s race for the past 20 years.

On Tuesday, primary voters rejected Gwen Graham, who was the most centrist candidate, and Philip Levine, who has described himself as a “radical centrist.” Gillum backers thought his outspoken progressive views and charismatic speaking style would excite the Democratic Party base.