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EMILY’s List to back Gwen Graham in Governor’s race

No sooner has Democrat Gwen Graham entered the governor’s race than she picked up the endorsement of the national women’s candidates support group EMILY’s List.

Graham had also earned the EMILY’s List backing when she ran for Congress in 2014.

“Gwen Graham doesn’t need to tell Floridians that she’s a champion for women and families in her state — her record proves that beyond a doubt,” EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock stated in a news release. “While serving in one of the most divisive Congresses in memory, Gwen fought to ensure Florida’s veterans received the health care they deserved, to end gender discrimination in pay, and for affordable college education for Floridians and all Americans.”

Graham’s entry into the race Tuesday morning presents Florida voters with three major early Democratic candidates, including her, Winter Park businessman Chris King, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum; and one major Republican, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who entered the race Monday.

EMILY’s List also is backing four other gubernatorial candidates around the country so far, incumbent Govs. Kate Brown of Oregon and Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, and candidates Michelle Lujan Grisham in New Mexico and Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan.

 

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