Sanders congratulates Gillum after Florida primary win

Sanders congratulates Gillum after Florida primary win
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Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' 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 DeSantisFlorida secretary of state who resigned apologizes for blackface photos The Hill's Morning Report — Trump complicates border wall negotiations Parkland parents ask Pulitzer panel to honor local paper for school shooting coverage 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."