Florida Democrats Present Winning Ticket in Display of Unity at Orlando Rally
Three days after the Primary election, Florida Democrats were a united force to show support for their 2018 general election ticket. Hundreds of energized Democrats packed a union hall to celebrate U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, Gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum, Attorney General nominee Sean Shaw, CFO nominee Jeremy Ring, and Agriculture Commissioner nominee Nikki Fried.
Mayor Andrew Gillum's opponents Gwen Graham, Philip Levine, and Chris King joined the rally to throw their support behind Gillum and the ticket — which is the most diverse set of major party nominees for statewide office in Florida's history.
What they are saying:
WJHG: "It was a show of force from Florida Democrats — they are gearing up for big battleground races in this key battleground state."
Tampa Bay Times: "If the attendees at Friday's event were any indication, the Democratic Party, centrist or progressive, is plenty mobilized.
The AP: "Led by a young progressive and an establishment moderate running in two of the nation’s marquee races, Florida Democrats on Friday promised to offer a message of unity, inclusiveness, hope and diversity during the next two months of campaigning toward November’s general election."
WPLG: "Hundreds of Florida Democrats celebrated Andrew Gillum's primary victory Friday, gearing up for tough general election where the governor's mansion and a Senate seat hang in the balance."
News 13: "The candidates are there to talk about proposed efforts to expand affordable healthcare and improve public education — and discuss the effort this year to try to end 20 years of Republican rule in Tallahassee."
News Service of Florida: "It was Gillum, the first African-American candidate to capture a major-party nomination for governor in Florida, who wound the crowd into a near frenzy."