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 SandersFormer Sanders press secretary: 'Principal concern' of Biden appointments should be policy DeVos knocks free college push as 'socialist takeover of higher education' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump 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.


The scheduled campaign events come just over two weeks after President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE made his way to the state for a campaign-style rally in which he stumped for Rep. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantis Florida officials were asked to avoid public statements on coronavirus before election: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dem leaders back smaller COVID-19 relief bill as pandemic escalates DeSantis doubles down on Trump-backed coronavirus approach 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 GrahamModerate Democrats now in a race against the clock Dear Iowans: Apologies for Sen. Rick Scott's lack of decency Jimmy Buffett takes musical shots at Trump during concert 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.