Andrew Gillum draws major crowd in deep red Stuart amid algae crisis
Andrew Gillum campaigns in Stuart.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum enjoyed another high attendance rally in a deep red part of Florida, this time Martin County.

Gillum addressed about 1,500 people in Stuart after completing a boat tour of areas on Florida’s east coast struck by toxic algal blooms.

“Crowds of this size in Martin County are unheard of,” said campaign communications director Johanna Cervone.

“The energy and enthusiasm for Mayor Gillum and his vision for a Florida that works for everyone is incredible. Day after day, we’re seeing record crowds for Mayor Gillum in some of Florida’s most conservative areas. This movement is growing. As toxic algae and red tide hurt our economy and make people sick, Floridians are ready for a leader who will take on the special interests and make our environment a priority.”

Part of the reason the crowd seems so surprising? Republican President Donald Trump carried Stuart with 65 percent of the vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 35 percent.

It’s not the first time Gillum enjoyed large crowds in right-wing areas this month. He saw high turnout at a Palatka event last weekend.

Of course, high turnout for Gillum could mean good things for Democrats down-ballot as well. TCPalm reporter Ali Schmitz.

While the event clearly drew from other cities nearby, the region simply doesn’t see Democratic candidates rallying the masses.

Lauren Baer, the Democratic challenge for Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, has been in one of the most closely watched Congressional races in the state. Though the last reporting period, she had raised about $897,000 to Mast’s almost $1.8 million.

Prognosticators like Cook Political Report, Sabato’s Crystal Ball and FiveThirtyEight all still list the race as lean Republican, but an increasing number of outside liberal groups have jumped into the race.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Reid Friedson

    October 7, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Dr. Levy’s speech was powerful. Gillum will win St. Lucie County.

  • Dee Moon

    October 8, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Vote GUILLUM and NELSON!!!! Desantis is a bigot and Scott yells Nelson is a “career politician” while trying to steal the job he’s been doing for 30 years cause SCOTT… LOST HIS JOB!!

    • Afi Keita James

      October 8, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      They all suck, vote third party

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