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Indivisible Candidate Andrew Gillum Wins in Historic Upset in Florida Governor’s Race

08/28/2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2018
Contact: Emily Phelps | press@indivisible.org

“When The Grassroots Stand Indivisible, Anything’s Possible”

Washington, DC—The Indivisible Project’s National Political Director María Urbina released the following statement on Andrew Gillum’s victory in the Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary:

“Andrew Gillum’s historic victory tonight defied all the odds. We are so proud to call him an Indivisible candidate, and to have worked in coalition with national progressive and grassroots Florida black- and brown-led organizations to get him across this finish line.

“For decades, pundits have acted like the way to win statewide in Florida is to run white, cautious, centrist candidates. We’re so proud of Indivisible groups that have stood with Mayor Gillum for months, and put their support behind a candidate who matched their values and embraced an unapologetically progressive platform. We’re even more proud of the way they’ve then turned out to knock doors, make phone calls, and do the work to get that candidate elected. In a race against a field full of millionaires, Mayor Gillum turned to the grassroots for the support he needed, and the grassroots delivered.

“Andrew Gillum won tonight because he ran a people-powered campaign, and spoke directly to voters of color and young people who the establishment often takes for granted. This work was supported by on-the-ground organizing from local groups led by communities of color, that invested early in Andrew’s campaign even as many doubted. This victory confirms what we’re seeing across the South, from Texas to Georgia to Alabama and Florida: unapologetic progressive campaigns that speak to marginalized voters early and often are generating enthusiasm and will be crucial to winning in November.”

“This movement is made stronger each and every day by our groups’ hard work and political courage. It has been inspiring to see the grassroots momentum that will lead our country to a more progressive future,” said Leah Greenberg, Co-Executive Director of the Indivisible Project. “As governor, Andrew will fight for policies that benefit all Floridians, black, brown and white: from raising the minimum wage, to resisting the Trump administration’s cruel immigration policies, to finally expanding Medicaid, and repealing Stand Your Ground. Indivisibles will be digging in deep to get him over the finish line and defeat DeSantis in November.”

Indivisible’s impact in the Florida gubernatorial race

  • Using the Indivisible Project’s digital campaign tools, Indivisible members made nearly 30,000 calls to voters and sent more than 110,000 texts, and knocked more than 1,000 doors in priority precincts.

  • These efforts are in addition to the volunteer work put in by Indivisible members who volunteered directly for the Gillum campaign.

  • Indivisible Action invested $100,000 in digital ads and $15,000 on direct mail. Coordinating with other progressive grassroots organizations, Indivisible groups targeted newly registered voters, people of color, and voters age 40+.

The Indivisible Project endorsed Andrew Gillum following the endorsement of Indivisible Action Tampa Bay. To earn Indivisible’s national endorsement, a candidate must clear a tough three-stage process that requires buy-in from local Indivisible group members at multiple points. A candidate cannot be endorsed without a strong platform and the enthusiastic support of informed, energized voters across their district.

 

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About the Indivisible Project

The Indivisible Project is a registered 501(c)(4) nonprofit. Our mission is to cultivate and lift up a grassroots movement of local groups to defeat the Trump agenda, elect progressive leaders, and realize bold progressive policies. Across the nation, thousands of local groups are using the Indivisible Guide to hold their members of Congress accountable. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee.