"Let's make history this November and make Andrew Gillum the next Governor of Florida", Sanders wrote.
But Bernie Sanders, who endorsed Gillum at a point when the mayor was far behind in the polls, and who then barnstormed across the state with the Gillum, thinks the Democratic nominee has something that's more important than Trump's backing: people power. After Tuesday's primaries, only five states remain to pick candidates before full attention turns to the November election, when all 435 House seats and 35 of the 100 Senate seats will be at stake.
Republicans have held the governor's mansion in the swing state since 1999, but the GOP is seen as increasingly vulnerable because of controversies surrounding Trump.
In the Democratic primary for Florida governor, progressive favourite Andrew Gillum narrowly led moderate former US Representative Gwen Graham by almost two percentage points with 85 per cent of the vote counted.
No one imagines that Gillum will have an easy time of it in Florida, a politically-volatile battleground state where Republicans won the 2010 and 2014 gubernatorial races.
Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, who officially clinched the GOP nomination Tuesday night, appeared on The Ingraham Angle and is already taking aim at his Democratic opponent.
Blaise Ingoglia, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, told The Herald that he welcomes the challenge, saying, "progressive-slash-socialist candidates just don't perform well in general elections".
Putnam had always been considered the favorite to win the GOP primary with state party backing and big donations from the biggest corporate entities in the state, including supermarket chain Publix, U.S. Sugar, Florida Power & Light and Disney. With more than one-third of the vote counted. She'll face Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who easily won her race. He also ran for Senate in 2016 but dropped out when Republican Sen.
Gillum will face off against Republican Ron DeSantis in the November 6 general election.