Tallahassee Democratic Mayor Andrew Gillum, the first Black major party nominee for Florida governor, has strong support for his candidacy outside the state’s African-American communities, according to a new poll.
A Quinnipiac University survey released on Wednesday showed Gillum with a strong lead among women, Independent and Hispanic voters over his Trump-backed rival Ron DeSantis, WTVJ-TV, an NBC News affiliate, reported.
Gillum had a 59 percent to 39 percent lead among women voters. With Independents, the mayor led DeSantis 56 percent to 40 percent, and he garnered 59 percent of the Hispanic vote. Meanwhile, 98 percent of Black voters said they planned to cast their ballot for Gillum.
Overall, Gillum had a nearly double-digit lead over his GOP opponent: 54 percent to 45 percent.
This appears to be the biggest lead in the polls since Gillum won an amazing come-from-behind primary victory in August. Previously, a Reuters–Ipsos–UVA Center for Politics poll published Sept. 19 gave the Black candidate a 6-point lead over DeSantis.
Indeed, his poll numbers have increased each week. A Real Clear Politics average of several polls (covering Aug. 29 through Sept. 20) showed Gillum with an average lead of roughly 4 percentage points.
Gillum selected a white running mate for lieutenant governor who brings a surprising asset to the ticket: the support of Black leaders in a key region of the state.
Orlando-area businessman Chris King developed relationships with Black ministers and activists in Central Florida during his run for governor in the 2018 primaries against Gillum.
DeSantis, who resigned from Congress on Sept. 10 to focus on the election, came under fire for a racist remark about Gillum less than 24 hours after winning the GOP nomination. He urged voters not to “monkey this up” by voting for the Black candidate. He’s also been in the spotlight over his deep connections to white supremacists.
Assisted Living For Old Felons: Photos From Bill Cosby's New Prison Homes
1. SCI Phoenix Prison
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.@CorrectionsPA says Bill Cosby will stay at SCI Phoenix in Skippack, Montgomery County to serve his 3-10 year prison sentence. DOC says “He is being housed in a single cell in a unit adjacent to the infirmary.” @KYWNewsradio pic.twitter.com/8LZlOZ75Db— Jim Melwert (@JMelwert) September 26, 2018
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“Our quest to create a humane space where we can bring about positive change and keep communities safe.” - Rev. Ulli Klemm. SCI Phoenix dedication. pic.twitter.com/CiGrwDFHGz— PA Department of Corrections (@CorrectionsPA) June 2, 2018
3. Cosby's prison mates at SCI Phoenix
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The move from Graterford to Phoenix has resumed. Here's a picture from 7/14/18. Inmates moving into the west side of the facility - SCI Phoenix has East & West sides separated by centrally-shared areas - food services, work, education, treatment, etc. pic.twitter.com/saM9QwmCH5— PA Department of Corrections (@CorrectionsPA) July 15, 2018
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This is where Bill Cosby is going to prison Bill Cosby will serve three to 10 years for sexual assault at SCI Phoenix in Pennsylvania. Here's a look inside the maximum-security prison. https://t.co/E2A5xn3ezF #Video #USRC pic.twitter.com/zLrHvTHwkC— Top U.S. & World News🗽 (@USRealityCheck) September 26, 2018
7. SCI Phoenix Prison
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Good morning from SCI Phoenix, the state prison in eastern Pennsylvania where inmate William Henry Cosby spent the night.— A-riff-on Frankenstein (@AFrancoTX) September 26, 2018
Prison officials tell us he got a jumpsuit, blanket, sheets and a hygiene kit just like every other inmate. #CosbySentencing pic.twitter.com/qXA0qzTq3Y
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I’m at SCI Phoenix where Bill Cosby is spending his first night as a convicted sex-offender. Prison staff tell me he’s finishing up his dinner of baked meatballs with rice, whipped potatoes, green beans and gravy. #CosbySentencing #cosbysentence #Cosby @NBCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/uVkkLqMXHm— Denise Nakano (@NakanoDenise) September 26, 2018
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16. Wheelchair Bound Prisoner Gazing Across SCI Laurel Highlands Prison YardSource:Getty 16 of 20
17. Older Prisoner in Hospital Room at SCI Laurel Highlands PrisonSource:Getty 17 of 20
18. Older Prisoners in Wheelchairs at SCI Laurel Highlands PrisonSource:Getty 18 of 20
19. SCI Laurel Highlands Prison
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Informative tour at Laurel Highlands SCI today with Judiciary Committee pic.twitter.com/4HbzFVZp36— Sheryl M. Delozier (@RepDelozier) August 10, 2016
Andrew Gillum’s Support Extends Well Beyond The Black Community, Poll Shows was originally published on newsone.com