In an interview with Yahoo News, former Tallahassee Mayor and failed Democrat gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has vowed to do everything he can do stop Trump for a repeat victory in Florida in 2020.
While most polling projected a Gillum victory in 2018, Republican Ron DeSantis emerged victorious after a contentious race for Florida governor.
Gillum’s loss as well as Stacey Abrahams 2018 loss in Georgia, were heartbreaking for Democrats who saw the two races as an opportunity for a “signature win.”
Yahoo reports Andrew Gillum says he knows why President Trump left his lifelong home of New York to take up residence in Florida and doubts his “antics” for reelection will work.
“The president knows as well as anybody how critical Florida is,” Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee, Fla., and the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor in the state, told Yahoo News, referring to the 2020 presidential election.
“We are the only state on the map right now that could deny Donald Trump single-handedly a second term. So the president’s campaign manager nationally has relocated to the state of Florida. His national Hispanic outreach effort is based out of Miami, Fla., and now he has moved to the state of Florida as a way to further shore up his support.”
“People are going to see through those kinds of antics,” he added. “Florida is a highly competitive state, and I’ve committed that my job between now and November 2020 is doing everything that we can to flip Florida blue in the presidential race and in all the races below.”
“So goes Florida, so goes the country,” said Gillum, who lost his gubernatorial run last year. “If you take Florida, by and large you win the White House.”
“I don’t think we’re going to run and win this race against Donald Trump by basically saying Donald Trump is a bad person or that he’s unqualified for his office. We know that. We’re gonna win this race by giving voters something to go out there and vote for and not just against,” the Florida native said, before offering advice to Democrats looking to win over his state and take the Oval Office.