Gillum announces ‘unprecedented push’ in voter outreach and campaign donations


Florida Democrats launch massive voter registration drive ahead of 2020. At an evening rally at Florida Memorial University’s Miami Gardens campus, Andrew Gillum rolled out an ambitious initiative to register one million new voters ahead of the presidential election.

As part of his effort to help down-ballot Democrats grow their numbers in the Capitol, one-time gubernatorial candidate and former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has decided on 21 candidates to endorse and support financially in 2020.

Gillum’s Forward Florida political committee expects to spend six figures and more on state legislative races over the course of the campaign.

“These endorsements represent our commitment to building a lasting progressive movement in Florida — and turning that movement into real victories up and down the ballot,” Gillum said in a statement Wednesday. “So much of what affects everyday Floridians’ lives happens at the state level, so it is vital that we are working to flip Florida Blue on every level of the ticket.”

As part of the effort, Forward Florida is donating $150,000 to the House Victory Caucus, an arm of the Florida Democratic Party. In the House, Republicans have a 73-47 advantage. Democrats would have to flip at least 14 seats in 2020 and also keep five “swing seats” that they narrowly won two years ago.