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Bob Graham’s debate prep advice to daughter: Relax

Hours before the final Democratic gubernatorial debate Thursday night, former Gov. Bob Graham had some unsolicited advice for his daughter and candidate Gwen Graham: Take a break.

“Take today off and rest,” Graham said when asked by The News Service of Florida about advising his daughter, one of five candidates vying to win the Democratic nomination for governor.

The 7 p.m. debate, presented by the Florida Press Association and WPBF 25 News, an ABC affiliate in West Palm Beach, will be televised statewide.

With the Aug. 28 primary just weeks away, Graham leads in the polls in a crowded Democratic field that also includes billionaire investor Jeff Greene; Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum; Winter Park businessman Chris King; and former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine.

While Graham is leading, the polls also show large numbers of undecided Democratic voters. Moreover, Gillum is hoping that an endorsement this week from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who drew heavy support from progressives during the 2016 presidential campaign, will give him a bump.

Bob Graham, who served in the U.S. Senate after leaving the governor’s mansion, said Thursday’s debate is “going to be one of the more important events between now and the August 28 election” and said his daughter needs to be “fully alert, prepared.”

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