Sanders congratulates Gillum after Florida primary win

Sanders congratulates Gillum after Florida primary win
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Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersPoll: Gillum leads DeSantis by 5 points in Florida governor race Sanders: Kavanaugh accusers 'have risked their lives to come forward' Helping citizens unite in post-Citizens United America MORE (I) congratulated progressive candidate Andrew Gillum (D) on his upset win in Florida in Tuesday night's gubernatorial primary. 

Sanders wrote on Twitter that Floridians had demanded "real change" with Gillum's nomination to challenge Trump-backed Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisPoll: Gillum leads DeSantis by 4 points in Florida Trump's baby blimp arrives in Florida for Mar-a-Lago protest Dems look to Gillum, Abrams for pathway to victory in tough states MORE (R-Fla.) for the governor's mansion this fall.

"Congratulations to @AndrewGillum on his victory. Tonight, Floridians joined Andrew in standing up and demanding real change and showed our nation what is possible when we stand together. Let's make history this November and make Andrew Gillum the next Governor of Florida," Sanders wrote.

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Gillum won the primary with 34 percent of the vote, The Associated Press projected Tuesday night with 87 percent of precincts reporting. If he wins in November, the Sanders-backed candidate would become the first black governor in Florida's history.

Sanders initially endorsed Gillum on Aug. 1 and campaigned for him at a rally in the state earlier this month. The Vermont senator released a statement Tuesday night praising Gillum's "powerful" campaign message.

"What has made Andrew’s campaign so powerful is that he’s not just working hard to win an election, he has laid out a vision for a new course for the state of Florida and our country. No one person can take on the economic and political elites on their own," Sanders said in the statement.

"Tonight, Floridians joined Andrew in standing up and demanding change in their community. That’s what the political revolution is all about and Andrew Gillum is helping to lead it."