Sanders to campaign for Florida Dem governor candidate

Sanders to campaign for Florida Dem governor candidate
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Florida Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum is set to get an assist from Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersButtigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me Donald Trump, president for life? We need term limits now 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.

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The scheduled campaign events come just over two weeks after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE made his way to the state for a campaign-style rally in which he stumped for Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisTrump officials not sending migrants to Florida after backlash Dem criticizes newest calendars for Trump Interior chief as 'fake' GOP gov pushes back on Trump plan to send migrants to Florida counties 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 GrahamJimmy Buffett takes musical shots at Trump during concert Jimmy Buffett hosting free Florida concert to support Gillum, Nelson Overnight Energy: Warren bill would force companies to disclose climate impacts | Green group backs Gillum in Florida gov race | Feds to open refuge near former nuke site 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.