Andrew Gillum beats better funded candidates and will now face the Trump-backed Republican winner, Ron DeSantis

The Tallahassee mayor, Andrew Gillum, has won the Democratic primary for Florida governor, pulling off an upset against better funded and better known candidates in his quest to become the state’s first black governor.

Gillum will face the Republican nominee, the US congressman Ron DeSantis, in the November election to replace the current Republican governor, Rick Scott. DeSantis sailed to victory in the Republican primary, defeating a longtime favorite of the GOP establishment with a campaign based largely around President Donald Trump.

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