Andrew Gillum releases behind-the-scenes footage of election night - Florida Politics

Andrew Gillum releases behind-the-scenes footage of election night

An upset win from the victor’s perspective is depicted in a new video released by the Andrew Gillum campaign on Thursday.

The quick turnaround — Gillum won Tuesday evening — makes the short worthy of a watch; those who followed the primary election results pile in know the Tallahassee mayor looked ill-fated early on, trailing perceived frontrunner Gwen Graham before precincts really began reporting their results.

The video’s story arc is a microcosm of Gillum’s campaign thus far: the longshot underdog who overcame doubt to prevail.

Slow pans of the video show Gillum awaiting the results in an intimate setting, joined only by family, friends and his closest campaign advisors, like consultant Kevin Cate.  

Skeptical day-of media clips are on the audio track, with journalists saying things like, “The … average of recent polls shows Graham leading by 7 points over Philip Levine and by 12 points over Jeff Greene, with Andrew Gillum and Chris King running fourth and fifth.”

And: “Gwen Graham leading the way, she’s been leading in the polls pretty much all along, and she’s up with 36 percent…”

Then the video pivots. Gillum, seen pacing around the room, is optimistic. At one point he was trailing Graham by 2 points, with Broward County’s results yet to unfold.

“The Holy Grail of votes,” Gillum says in the video.

When Gillum takes the lead, his face says it all: disbelief, bliss and pride. He goes on to deliver a fiery acceptance speech as the nominee.

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