Florida Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum is set to get an assist from Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Democrats urge Biden to commute sentences of 4K people on home confinement Briahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' MORE (I-Vt.) on Friday.
The former presidential candidate will travel to the Sunshine State for two campaign events with Gillum, the current Tallahassee mayor who's campaigning as a progressive.
Gillum, who previously won Sanders's endorsement, announced the two stops — one in Tampa and another in Orlando — on Tuesday.
Friday is going to be a big day — join @BernieSanders & me in Tampa for a rally as we get ready to #BringItHome! RSVP for tickets here: https://t.co/Exkzq1Diut #GillumForGovernor pic.twitter.com/4W4rYsnGNL— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) August 14, 2018
And then join us in Orlando for another rally on Friday afternoon! We're proud to have @BernieSanders on the trail with us as we get ready to #BringItHome! RSVP here: https://t.co/Exkzq1Diut pic.twitter.com/xq6LwS0X2D— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) August 14, 2018
The scheduled campaign events come just over two weeks after President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE made his way to the state for a campaign-style rally in which he stumped for Rep. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisDemocrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms California dreaming did not become reality for Republicans Florida landlord requiring proof of vaccinations from tenants MORE (R), who's running for the GOP's nomination to replace Gov. Rick Scott (R).
Gillum is facing four other Democratic challengers in the state's Aug. 28 primary: former Rep. Gwen GrahamGwendolyn GrahamFlorida Democrats' midterm fantasy faceoff: DeSantis vs. Demings Moderate Democrats now in a race against the clock Dear Iowans: Apologies for Sen. Rick Scott's lack of decency MORE, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, real estate investor Jeff Greene and businessman Chris King.
Sanders has thrown his support behind a number of progressive candidates in races across the country. But he has often waited until just weeks — and sometimes days — before elections to make in-person appearances.
In Michigan, for example, Sanders stumped for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Abdul El-Sayed just two days before the state's primary. El-Sayed was ultimately defeated by former state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer.
Likewise, Sanders's candidates of choice in the Democratic primary to represent Kansas' 3rd District, Brent Welder, was defeated by another progressive, Sharice Davids.