Gillum to speak at gathering of top Dem donors: report

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for Florida governor this year, will address top Democratic Party donors amid speculation about his political future, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Gillum will speak at a closed gathering of about 300 donors Tuesday, party officials confirmed to the AP.

Despite gaining national attention during his campaign, Gillum lost to Republican Ron DeSantis, a former congressman and loyal supporter of President Trump, in the general election last month after a state-mandated recount showed him trailing by fewer than 33,000 votes. 

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Gillum hasn't ruled out the possibility of running for another political office in the future, including the presidency in 2020. Asked earlier this month about a potential White House run, he told CNN, “I plan on being married to my wife. That is all I am planning."

Gillum met with former President Obama, who endorsed him in his gubernatorial bid, earlier this month, which added more fuel to the speculation that he was potentially mounting a 2020 run.

He also reached out to Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeEXCLUSIVE: Trump on reparations: 'I don't see it happening' Overnight Energy: Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution | Poll finds Biden top choice for climate-minded voters | Trump USDA reportedly buried climate warnings Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution, ban fracking MORE (D-Texas), who is also being floated as a potential presidential candidate after he he lost to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Hickenlooper, Bennet bring deep ties to 2020 debate stage 2020 Democrat Bennet releases comprehensive government reform plan GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MORE (R-Texas) in a much closer than expected contest.

If Gillum decides to run, he will likely join a crowded field of candidates, possibly including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBiden to debate for first time as front-runner Rules for first Democratic primary debates announced Press: Democrats form circular firing squad MORE (D-N.J.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).