Andrew Gillum Makes History As The First African-American Nominee For Florida Governor

Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum addresses the crowd of educators as Democrats running for the U.S. Senate, Florida governor and attorney general for the State of Florida attended an educational rally hoping to excite teachers and educators for their vote, on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 at the Betty Anderson Rec Center in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald/TNS)

Andrew Gillum Makes History As The First African-American Nominee For Florida Governor

The Tallahassee Mayor pulled off an upset over Gwen Graham.

Published August 28, 2018

Andrew Gillum has officially become the first African-American nominee for Florida governor after coming out victorious against favorite Gwen Graham and two well-funded business men vying for the state's Democratic nomination.

The progressive, Bernie Sanders co-signed candidate will face off against Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla) in the upcoming gubernatorial election this November.

Gillum is the Democratic party's third Black gubernatorial nominee this year with Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Ben Jealous in Maryland. In the history of the United States, there have only been two African-American men ever elected as governor, according to NPR.

If the Tallahassee mayor is successfully elected, he will be come the first Black governor in Florida's history. 

Here's how supporters of Andre Gillum are celebrating his big win:

Written by BET Staff

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